Originally posted 8 October 2012 on http://thestudio.draconiansaint.com
Well reality being what it is, I am always on the quest to doing something in a better way. And that means taking a fresh look at what I had been doing in the first place.
Somewhere around 2006 I invested in recording software after reading an article in Guitar World about Cakewalks Guitar Tracks Pro version 4. I had just picked up the guitar again after a 17 year hiatus. That’s a heck of a long time not to play! Shortly thereafter I upgraded to Sonar 6 Studio, then to Sonar 6 Producer. I’ve Been using Sonar exclusively until about 2 years when invested in a MacBook Pro dual core and Propellerheads Record followed by Reason. Why would I do that?
Well here are the main reasons:
- The Mac was solid.
- There were no need to tweak this or tweak that to make the thing work.
- No adjustments, minor optimization and the software…..well it just works.
- And all my effects and instruments were available ported to MAC as VSTi or as AU. Wow!
I can just load drivers. Hook up a Focusrite or Line 6 interface add a keyboard and I am ready to go. Imagine that.
Well today I am on a MacBook Pro quad core i7 2.0 GHz machine running Reason 6.5 and Logic Pro 9. I am soon to get a copy of Pro Tools as well though it is my opinion that AVID needs to catch up with the times.
Between Reason and Logic I have my bases covered and with Mainstage I can take it all to live performance. Even better! No optimization of the computing environment needed. No backend tweaks in the guts of the OS. It just works and worth every penny I’ve spent. Why? Because now I can focus on creating music. Not worrying about whether the introduction of a new piece of hardware is going to set me back to square one to balance a system so it will run.
Sad thing though. I wish that I could get Sonar X2 on my Mac natively. But alas that is not the case, and it is through no fault of Cakewalk by Roland either. It’s just a simple fact of life. They have a great product, but the environment in which it is made for is not the optimum for creating music.
So till later Cakewalk. It was a great relationship but I need ease of use and reliability that Windows just can’t provide!