Recording on a laptop

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Longinen Timemin 1, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. Longinen Timemin 1

    Longinen Timemin 1 Active Member

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    I'm new to this recording on computer deal and I am frankly very put off with what I found online already. I remember trying Acid Pro and Audacity years ago but I didn't get much into it. Now I found a cool site called Soundtrap that although it isn't all that advanced instrumentally, it's a whole package... recording and virtual instruments. Some of those virtual keyboards and strings actually sound good. From what I saw so far Soundtrap really stands out from other similar programs in both quality and use. What I don't like about this program is that they require you to use a Google Chrome browser and you must be connected online to use the recording and instrumentation features. This creates all sorts of difficulties for me because in order to stay online with my laptop I would need to use wifi or shell out $300.00 a month in data bills. Keeping a stable creative flow in a public place really is a feat in and of itself and I am not interested in the distractions. I need either a downloadable version of Soundtrap with no internet connection required or directions to another all-in-one program that does the same thing without the internet. (virtual keyboard, instruments and recording) I would pay a few hundred dollars for the software, but I ain't paying a few hundred dollars to record a keyboard tune on a data connection.
     
  2. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    Check out Reaper. It's an open source, free program. its widely well received by pros and enthusiasts. pro tools has a free version as well. You'll find demos available for almost all, if not all Daw software, so you can give it a go without shelling out $$. i also generally prefer to own my software license, as opposed to the subscription models. although i do have some subscriptions, and i know some members here very happy with their subs.
     
  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

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    Hey K, I'm not sure it's free anymore.
    I went to their website and you can download a 60days trial
    but they sell licences : https://www.reaper.fm/purchase.php
     
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Well-Known Member

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    Reaper has been ever thus. Nothing happens after 60 days, and you still have to go through toggling the tabs on the "About" box until the "Still evaluating" caption comes up.
     
  5. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

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    Good to know.. thanks Bos !
    So it's some fishing licencing for those who don't know, ah ah !
     
  6. cyrano

    cyrano Active Member

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    Let's say Justin trusts his users to do the honorary thing. A license is only 60$, unless you make more than 10.000$ per year with your music. Then it's 100$. And that buys upgrades for two major revisions.

    Not free, but relaxed. And affordable.
     
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  7. DogsoverLava

    DogsoverLava Well-Known Member

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    I used Reaper for a long timer before I bought it -- 60 days is more about the spirit of your evaluation.... a great model and I'm happy to support them.
     
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  8. Longinen Timemin 1

    Longinen Timemin 1 Active Member

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    Actually, I checked out this program and not really likin' it so much. Got any other suggestions? Thanks! I was already given directions to Propellerhead and Mutools. Just lookin' at all my options before I decide.
     
  9. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Well-Known Member

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    If you are not liking Reaper, you might want to take a shot at Sonar. Now called Cakewalk by bandlab
    https://cakewalk.bandlab.com/
    All you need is a bandlab account which is also free.
     
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  10. kmetal

    kmetal Kyle P. Gushue Well-Known Member

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    there's Studio One (who has/had a free edition), audacity, pro tools free. if you buy an interface you'll get an LE version of a DAW, usually cubase. I think studio one offers the most features, and highest sound quality/coding of the ones i mentioned (for full featured daw). Bitwig might be worth a try, not sure about pricing. Ableton is a less traditional daw, wich might appeal to you, if reaper didnt. reaper is similar to most daws, although with a bit of an archaic menu system, visually.
     
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