Originally Posted 5 December 20011 at http://thestudio.draconiansaint.com
It’s been a couple of years since the DAW was built and it’s still performing nicely. Though I imagine in 2012 it will need a hardware refresh as far as the computer is concerned. But I’ll address that when the time comes.
The main DAW software is Sonar X1c Producer Expanded 64 bit with bridge to enable 32 bit plugins. I’ve been on the Sonar platform since version 6 and with each version things get better. X1c was a major re-write of a already great DAW. There are specific reasons why I went with this software over Pro Tools. Part of this had to do with ease of use. The other reason was MIDI implementation. Sonar also provides a great set of tools that are not available in Pro Tools. The only draw back I have experienced so far is the lack of implementation on an Apple Mac platform. But more on this later.
I’ve also added in Reason 6.0 which is not only an excellent rewire client. But can operate as a standalone DAW. My solution for my Mac environment.
I’ve upgraded Toontrack EZDrummer to Superior Drummer and added on Metal Foundry SDX, Latin Percussion EZX, DFH EZX, & Twisted EZX. I’ve also upgrade Melodyne UNO to Melodyne Editor; PodFarm to PodFarm 2.5 Platinum; and added some additional soft synths.
I have included in my hardware set up the addition of 2 Focusrite Pro40 interfaces. My reasons for the selection of the Pro 40’s were: 1) clean mic pres, high sample rate capability, jitter elimination technology, internal word clock, and finally expandability. with the inclusion of a pair of Focusrite Octopre MkIIs I will have the ability to process 32 channels incoming audio with the ability of providing loop back capability between DAW software if needed. This is a must have for working with Reason 6.0 if I want to run the two DAWs separately.
Regarding Mac compatibility. My mobile platform is a Mac. Realistically, if I had to do this all over again I would probably have gone the way of using a Mac Pro; Logic Studio; and Reason. Why? You don’t have to spend hours tweaking a windows system to make it work in an environment it was never really meant to work in. Apple has got it down and there is no two ways around it.
As for Pro Tools… Well there MIDI support still sucks, but it looks like I will be heading down that road too. So for now I will be looking at a system refresh for new Windows Intel hardware and use Reason 6 for my mobile platform till I pull the trigger on a New MacBook Pro and add in Logic Pro or Pro Tools.