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How to Win the DAW Wars

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Dear music producer, there are many different ways to record music and there are 100 times as many people trying to tell you how to do it. While this may mull over as just another voice in that crowd, I would like to offer an alternative solution to the never-ending question of which DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) should I use?
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Just about all over advice on this matter would suggest that you find one DAW and stick with it. Or even better, find the one that works best for you. What in the hell does that mean to some who is interested in beatmaking or just starting out? Most modern Digital Audio Workstations have a learning curve that outlasts the free trial.


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Since most workstations pretty much do all the same things with a different workflow, I suggest using multiple DAW’s. For instance, I use Reason for sound design, Acid Pro for anything dealing with audio loops and Pro Tools for recording. It would be easy to use just one but each one brings something different to the table. I use each ones strength to my advantage while bypassing its weakness and frustrating myself.

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I have developed a workflow that allows me to use 3 different DAW’s. The best advice I can give to anyone is: Develop a workflow and the music will make itself. Remove the technicalities from the process.

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Reason Compact: First Look

Yesterday I got an exciting email from Propellerhead stating that they released a mobile version of Reason. Aptly names Reason Compact, I am interested to see if this is something more than a stripped-down instrument.

In the email there was a link to a YouTube video which I eagerly clicked. The video displayed a mobile version of their newest synth, Europa. A bit disappointed, I still downloaded Reason Compact to see if that was all it to offer.

After downloading, that is exactly what it was, a mobile version of Europa. The app does not allow for recording of tracks to make up a song like a traditional desktop DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) but it does allow users to create loops that can be exported. There are 3 exportable file types: Europa sound patch, Reason file and WAV audio.

There also a few sound pack advertised within the app but they are all currently unavailable. I would suspect that they will be for sale in the near future.

Generally, music making applications for smartphones and tablets are crappy. They are normally have nothing in common with what they are trying to mimic. To some, these apps are fun and/or useful, to me, they are frustrating.

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Since Reason Compact is free, it is definitely worth checking out. I am not sure how much use I will get out of this app, but it has some nice features and is worth a shot.