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Posted on Mon, Feb 09 2015 00:33
by Michael C.
Joined on Thu, Jun 26 2003, Minneapolis, MN, USA, Posts 445

I have been using Sonarfor over a decade now and am looking to try something new.  I'm curious to know what people are using.  If you are willing to share and tell a bit about the DAW you use, that would be great.

Thnks,

Mike

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Windows 10 Pro.
Cubase Pro 9.5
Intel core i7-8700 8th Gen Coffee Lake 6-core w/HT 3.7 GHz.
4 Samsung SSD drives, (1 TB, 3-2TB).
32GB DDR4 3200 RAM.
ARC 1883LP 12GB/s SAS 4+4 RAID controller.
16USB ports.
Intel Thunderbolt 3.0 ports.
Presonus Quantum audio interface.
Hornberger HB1 breath controller.
Billions of Vienna Instrument samples!
Posted on Mon, Feb 09 2015 03:48
by holywilly
Joined on Mon, Jul 08 2013, Posts 62

I switched from Logic Pro X to Cubase like an year ago, very happy with the result.

I do a lots of scoring for TV, games and films, Cubase is able to import multiple video clips into one session, kudo for that! Also I'm able to view multiple CC lanes inside Cubase's key editor, extremely convenient.

Finally, Cubase's expression map allows me to clean up my template by setting up multiple articluations of an instrument into one midi channel, easier for me to produce sheet music for live tracking.

Posted on Mon, Feb 09 2015 04:04
by Cyril Blanc
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Paris France, Posts 2649

Originally Posted by: holywilly Go to Quoted Post

I switched from Logic Pro X to Cubase like an year ago, very happy with the result.

I do a lots of scoring for TV, games and films, Cubase is able to import multiple video clips into one session, kudo for that! Also I'm able to view multiple CC lanes inside Cubase's key editor, extremely convenient.

Finally, Cubase's expression map allows me to clean up my template by setting up multiple articluations of an instrument into one midi channel, easier for me to produce sheet music for live tracking.

I am thinking of switching too. I am fedup to wait for Logic Expression Maps

This is interesting, can you give some more advantages of Cubase and also inconveignents 

MacPro 2010 12 core 2.93 ghz 64 GB Mac OS X 10.11 2722 Rocket Raid Sata III card with 8 x ssd
VSL lib on a Raid 0 of 4 x 256 GB ssd Sata III - Raid 0 of 4 x 64 GB for other libs
System on a 1 TB ssd
Audio Motu PCI system 84 ins / 64 outs
Kbd : P80 Yamaha, S88 and S25 Komplete Kontrol, DX7
I-Controls Pro, 2xMidi expression pedals
Synth : many....
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Macbook pro Retina 2.7 ghz 16 GB
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Mac Mini server 10.10 (server EyeTV, Itunes, WEB, and Backup )
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Logic X , Dorico, Band In A Box, ORB Composer
VSL : MIR PRO, Appassionata Strings I, Solo strings , Wind and Brass Complete, Dimension Brass, Overdrive
Kontakt, Omnisphere, QLSO, QLSC, CS 80, Arturia V5, Maximo, Realivox Blue. CS 80 V3, The Orchestra, Art Conductor 5, Genesis Children Choir, Lunaris, Lacrimosa

Final Cut pro
Camera full HD
Posted on Mon, Feb 09 2015 07:46
by muziksculp
Joined on Fri, Oct 03 2003, U.S.A., Posts 404

Cubase Pro 8 is my preferred DAW on PC/Windows 8.1 

Posted on Mon, Feb 09 2015 14:46
by Cyril Blanc
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Paris France, Posts 2649

Originally Posted by: muziksculp Go to Quoted Post

Cubase Pro 8 is my preferred DAW on PC/Windows 8.1 

This is not very constructive, explain why !

What are the + and - ?

MacPro 2010 12 core 2.93 ghz 64 GB Mac OS X 10.11 2722 Rocket Raid Sata III card with 8 x ssd
VSL lib on a Raid 0 of 4 x 256 GB ssd Sata III - Raid 0 of 4 x 64 GB for other libs
System on a 1 TB ssd
Audio Motu PCI system 84 ins / 64 outs
Kbd : P80 Yamaha, S88 and S25 Komplete Kontrol, DX7
I-Controls Pro, 2xMidi expression pedals
Synth : many....
---
Macbook pro Retina 2.7 ghz 16 GB
---
Mac Mini server 10.10 (server EyeTV, Itunes, WEB, and Backup )
--
Logic X , Dorico, Band In A Box, ORB Composer
VSL : MIR PRO, Appassionata Strings I, Solo strings , Wind and Brass Complete, Dimension Brass, Overdrive
Kontakt, Omnisphere, QLSO, QLSC, CS 80, Arturia V5, Maximo, Realivox Blue. CS 80 V3, The Orchestra, Art Conductor 5, Genesis Children Choir, Lunaris, Lacrimosa

Final Cut pro
Camera full HD
Posted on Mon, Feb 09 2015 20:32
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1044

Has anybody used the Logic X 10.1 upgraded version yet? Have you had any problems?

If you can't notate/MIDI it yourself, it's NOT your music!

In these modern days to be vulgar, illiterate, common and vicious, seems to give a man a marvelous infinity of rights that his honest fathers never dreamed of. - Oscar Wilde
Posted on Tue, Feb 10 2015 15:01
by Stephane Collin
Joined on Sun, Aug 02 2009, Posts 96

Hello community.

I am using Cubase from the very start in the years 1980.

I confirm the good things already said : 

- midi editing in general

- expression maps (a must for me)

- multiple cc lanes (another must)

- freeze tracks, render in place (when they work, they are a great ressource and time saver)

- I like the mix console very much, but I can't compare to other daws, having never used another

 

As for the bad things :

- certainly number one, there are always ennoying bugs, and new ones in every version, and it takes time to get the maintenance updates, which feature yet other bugs.  I should stick onto the one version where everything I use seems to work correctly, but that is not me.

- audio "time and musical" system, althoug probably fantastic, is absolutely not intuitive and relies on too many hidden parameters to work as you would expect.  I spent too many half days to try to definately understand the whole thing, and while I'm not dumb at all, I still can't use it with 100 % confidence.  If somebody masters this part of Cubase, please, feel welcome to help me, it would be greatly appreciated.  No user guide article nor youtube tutorial could bring me where I want to be.

- score editor, again, and in my opinion from the start up, is absolutely not intuitive and, compared to things like Sibelius, rather pain to use.  I spend lots of time, when writing an arrangement, doing the midi programming in Cubase and the score encoding in Sibelius.  I tried to master the score editor many times, but abandonned every time.  Same otherways : no need to even try to do professionnal midi editing in Sibelius.

- the vst instruments and effects are not professionnally useable, they can't compare to VSL, Waves, Fabfilter, Relab, Native Instruments, etc.

I would warmly welcome comments on this, and maybe keys to use Cubase better.

I hope this helps.

 

Stephane.

Stephane

PC core i7 hexa 64 gb ram
Macbook pro 6 gb ram
Motu 8M
Genelec 1030 A monitors
Adam S3X H monitors
Sennheiser HD 800 headphones
Beyerdynamic DT 880 pro headphones
Many Vienna Instruments
MIR pro
Posted on Tue, Feb 10 2015 16:56
by holywilly
Joined on Mon, Jul 08 2013, Posts 62

Stephane had pointed out some key advantages that enhance the workflow for composers.

I'd like to add more advantages according to my personal workflow:
- User interface colors are adjustable; I'm used to the brighter sequencing background and Cubase (any version) allows me to change the color scheme as my liking.

- Edit-in-place, a very quick way to edit midi note without opening the key editor.

- Time Warp saves me lots of time when working with motion picture

- The Object selection tool (pointer) has the stretch mode, it works for both audio and midi objects; for example, I can shrink 8th note spiccato passage to 16th just a second.

- The musical grid can also be customized. I have save several preset for x-tuplets and the grid changes accordingly. Easier to quantize the midi note when producing scores.

- Audio editing made super easy in Cubase, fades, x-fades, gain changes, pitch correction....etc. Much easier to work with Audio in Cubase then in Logic.

- Track Preset, it lets me to store the sound I tweak, it saves the VST instrument with all the inserts and its parameters.

- Almost function inside cubase can be key commanded.

- Last but not least, the expression map! Can't live without it. However, it takes time to set things up. once it's all ready, it's really a time saver.

The bad things about Cubase:
- Windows management! I wish all windows can be docked.

- I wish one day cubase can be dongle-free.

I think that's it! more comments are very welcome.  I made a switch to Cubase because all the composers in our team are using it. It's more convenient for us to share sessions when working together on projects.

Posted on Tue, Feb 10 2015 17:23
by Cyril Blanc
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Paris France, Posts 2649

Hello

Thanks for your coments about Cubase, most of the advantages listed are also in Logic

I am very interested of the + and - compared with Logic

IF users that has moved from Logic to Cubase or from Cubase to Logic can add there comments that will be very constructive.

Best

Cyril

MacPro 2010 12 core 2.93 ghz 64 GB Mac OS X 10.11 2722 Rocket Raid Sata III card with 8 x ssd
VSL lib on a Raid 0 of 4 x 256 GB ssd Sata III - Raid 0 of 4 x 64 GB for other libs
System on a 1 TB ssd
Audio Motu PCI system 84 ins / 64 outs
Kbd : P80 Yamaha, S88 and S25 Komplete Kontrol, DX7
I-Controls Pro, 2xMidi expression pedals
Synth : many....
---
Macbook pro Retina 2.7 ghz 16 GB
---
Mac Mini server 10.10 (server EyeTV, Itunes, WEB, and Backup )
--
Logic X , Dorico, Band In A Box, ORB Composer
VSL : MIR PRO, Appassionata Strings I, Solo strings , Wind and Brass Complete, Dimension Brass, Overdrive
Kontakt, Omnisphere, QLSO, QLSC, CS 80, Arturia V5, Maximo, Realivox Blue. CS 80 V3, The Orchestra, Art Conductor 5, Genesis Children Choir, Lunaris, Lacrimosa

Final Cut pro
Camera full HD
Posted on Tue, Feb 10 2015 17:25
by Bill
Joined on Fri, Sep 23 2005, Berkshires, MA, Posts 938

You're already using the dongle for your VSL libraries, so not really an issue...

Finale 25, Sibelius 2018, Notion 6, Overture 5, Cubase 10.0.2
Win10 x64, 32GB RAM; Focusrite Scarlett 18i20
Kontakt, Bunch of VSL, VIP, VEP, EWQL Orch, Choir and Pianos
August Forster 190
Posted on Tue, Feb 10 2015 21:34
by JimmyHellfire
Joined on Tue, Dec 24 2013, Posts 333

Originally Posted by: Stephane Collin Go to Quoted Post

- the vst instruments and effects are not professionnally useable, they can't compare to VSL, Waves, Fabfilter, Relab, Native Instruments, etc.

Can't fully agree here. The older synth plugins of course aren't anything particularly noteworthy, but on the other hand, Padshop (Pro) is a pretty powerful, accessible and extremely fun granular synth.

The new algorhythmic reverb - REVelation - is actually a very nice and smooth sounding reverb. It's one of those cases where stuff gets totally overlooked because everyone seems to assume that if it isn't 3rd party, tthere must be something inherently low-quality about it that disqualifies it from any serious use.

Reverence, the convolution reverb, of course lacks all the bells and whistles far more expensive dedicated plugins come with, but for what it is, it absolutely delivers.

Magneto 2, the reincarnation of their old "tape" saturation plugin, is also a surprisingly good sounding plugin that deserves a closer look.

The cubase stock EQ is everything a stock digital EQ should be. It's clean, neutral and pretty accurate, and comes with all essential parameters and filter types. The only thing I'd criticize is the limited number of bands. The same is true for the stock compressor - it does exactly what a neutral, digital compressor should do.  Even the maximizer is perfectly fine as long as you don't push it too hard.

It of course cannot be the purpose of stock "working horse" plugins to cater to the whole phantasy and marketing of the "analog mojo". They're bread and butter tools, and are there to do what they're supposed to do.

Don't get me wrong. I do really like the FabFilterEQ and the compressor. I like the Supercharger GT by Native Instruments, the Steven Slate and Waves tape sims ... I had the opportunity to work with some plugins from the Vienna Suite and I was really impressed. Some of those products are just extremely convincing in terms of utility and options, others provide that certain tasty "extra" flavor that can be very attractive. Often times, the latter are also formidable projection surfaces for the placebo phenomena us audio people unfortunately seem to be very prone to ... :)

It's always great to have options and more stuff to work with. But I can't agree that the stock plugins in Cubase aren't professionaly usable - I actually think one can achieve convincing results with them just fine.

Posted on Wed, Feb 11 2015 05:45
by Cyril Blanc
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Paris France, Posts 2649

Originally Posted by: JimmyHellfire Go to Quoted Post

Originally Posted by: Stephane Collin Go to Quoted Post

- the vst instruments and effects are not professionnally useable, they can't compare to VSL, Waves, Fabfilter, Relab, Native Instruments, etc.

It's always great to have options and more stuff to work with. But I can't agree that the stock plugins in Cubase aren't professionaly usable - I actually think one can achieve convincing results with them just fine.

 

What about there sampler player, is it as good or better than the EXS24 ? do they have a big library ? do they have part of big libraries like the EXS24 have basic articulations of VSL

MacPro 2010 12 core 2.93 ghz 64 GB Mac OS X 10.11 2722 Rocket Raid Sata III card with 8 x ssd
VSL lib on a Raid 0 of 4 x 256 GB ssd Sata III - Raid 0 of 4 x 64 GB for other libs
System on a 1 TB ssd
Audio Motu PCI system 84 ins / 64 outs
Kbd : P80 Yamaha, S88 and S25 Komplete Kontrol, DX7
I-Controls Pro, 2xMidi expression pedals
Synth : many....
---
Macbook pro Retina 2.7 ghz 16 GB
---
Mac Mini server 10.10 (server EyeTV, Itunes, WEB, and Backup )
--
Logic X , Dorico, Band In A Box, ORB Composer
VSL : MIR PRO, Appassionata Strings I, Solo strings , Wind and Brass Complete, Dimension Brass, Overdrive
Kontakt, Omnisphere, QLSO, QLSC, CS 80, Arturia V5, Maximo, Realivox Blue. CS 80 V3, The Orchestra, Art Conductor 5, Genesis Children Choir, Lunaris, Lacrimosa

Final Cut pro
Camera full HD
Posted on Wed, Feb 11 2015 10:10
by JimmyHellfire
Joined on Tue, Dec 24 2013, Posts 333

Originally Posted by: Cyril Go to Quoted Post

What about there sampler player, is it as good or better than the EXS24 ? do they have a big library ? do they have part of big libraries like the EXS24 have basic articulations of VSL

That's a very good question!
Cubase doesn't come with a sampler. Steinberg has their own software sampler, HALion 5, which is powerful and way more up to date than the EXS24, but it's somewhere in the KONTAKT price range and I'd say if one plans to spend money on a professional software sampler, they might as well go with KONTAKT.

Cubase comes with HALion Sonic SE, which is the watered-down version of HALion Sonic 2, which is the watered-down version of HALion 5. It's basically like a synth workstation. You can edit and layer patches, but can't import your own audio and create own instruments and things like that. It does have a huge library, but I never really worked with it, just played around - for "serious" work, you end up using your dedicated, high quality libraries and instruments anyway.

A lot of it is very Yamaha Motif in character IMO. There's surprisingly fun and good sounding stuff in there and then also stuff that reinvokes your worst general MIDI nightmares from the year dot. It's OK for what it is and there's probably even material in there I might end up using for something if I ever had the time and desire to rummage through those tons of presets, but sound collections of this type are hardly the major selling points for any DAW.

Posted on Sun, Feb 15 2015 12:04
by LAJ
Joined on Sun, Dec 13 2009, Posts 509
I have Logic and since last Year Cubase 7.5 / now 8.

I think Stephan never REALLY used the Cubase Stock Plug ins/ gave them a Chance.

Steinberg has the best ideas compared with the other developers. In the past 2 years they came with great Compressors, Reverbs, Multiband-Transient Deisgner (GREAT IDEA!!!), Brickwall Limiter, Quadra Fuzz 2 (sounds really well), the Voxengo Curve EQ... and and and ... Really a lot. And they can compare with others! Even with 3rd Party Developers. Pad Shop is really cool too ... I agree.

The VSL Plug ins are good, but they could Need a feature-refreschment after all the time ... I miss parallel compression-possibilities (built in) ... quite a time saver in these days and most wanted by Producers.

I use and like the VSL Plugs too and i use for example U-he's PRESSWERK (which sounds PHATT but is coloring the sound quite a lot).

There are always Features that you will miss even in 3rd Party Plug Ins.

This Weekend I bought Halion 5 regarding to the Valentine's Special Offer. And Yes ... Halion is (compared to the EXS ...) a BATTLE-SHIP.

My Conclusion: I left Logic behind and went with Steinberg. I costs of course more than Logic. But you don't have to buy a mac and you really have everything you need for production.

Of course the Classical Content of Halion is not as good as VSL, and of course the Drummers are not BFD 3 ...

But all in all the Sound Content is great.


Posted on Mon, Feb 23 2015 13:51
by Stig Christensen
Joined on Fri, Mar 18 2005, Denmark, Posts 133

Well I have been using Logic for ages, but two years ago I started to look for a new DAW. There were several things I didn't like in Logic and still don't like. First there is the Piano Roll editor. Sometimes it looses focus and when you open it it's nowwhere near the timeline. Only one Controller lane at the time. Iterative Quantize is lacking and in Logic X the colors gone black. The mixer can't be designed to your own liking unless you create tracks for all channels. Obviously the lack of KS's management together with the limitted capabillity of the multiinstrument paradigm in conjunction with VEPro slaves on remote computers is really bad.

One thing I think Logic is doing better than anyother DAW is dealing with latency. On my Mac it's still better than Cubase.

So I tried Digital Performer 8, a really great app. but the whole concept was nevertheless to much for me. But the number of things you can customize is breathtaking.

I also tried Studio One and also found it to be very good and intuitive, but I don't think it will ever come to work with my MC Control ;-(

Then Pro Tools 11. It's very good and stable the midi-editor has some pretty nice features, that let's you select which part you want to work with, without leaving the editor, but it handles VI's (espically BFD3, which I use all the time) very bad.

So back to Cubase 8. It works well with remote macs with VEPro, it has a great midi editor, it can be customized to a certain degree, and you can count on it to be updated.

I think if you want to build a really huge template Cubase 8 or DP8 is the best alternatives.

Musicmind (Mind the Music!)
Mac Pro 6.1 64Gb, Mac Pro 12 48Gb, Mac Pro 8 24Gb, Mac Pro 4 12Gb, MacBookPro, Apollo interface, Universal Audio (4 cards), Waves 9, NI Komplete 9, VSL, EWQL Platinum, BFD3, Superior, Arturia, Sound Toys, Euphonix MC Control + Mix, Neumann mics, DynAudio, Yamaha + Adam monitors, a lot of outboard AND Steinway Concert Grand A ;-)
Posted on Mon, Feb 23 2015 23:01
by civilization 3
Joined on Sat, May 16 2009, SF Bay Area, Posts 1631

Before I got going with VE Pro, the latency with Cubase on a Mac was just too much. I mean with virtual instruments. So I bought Logic and Digital Performer.

A whole new window for each controller in Logic makes that a real no-go for virtual instruments; I use a single piano roll window set up to individually edit parts, all parts/event in one editor. I have quite a number of controller setups that correspond with how I deal with particular instruments or types of instruments. I do a lot of controller editing. So in terms of how I work with MIDI parts, there is no comparison really.

Another thing is I hate guessing at tempo in order to begin, and making a choice and a grid that is static behind that. Cubase has warp time, which means I start by improvising freely with no grid or preconception to be concerned about. Then, according to the idea that happens, I start defining bars and the modus operandi is to drag one of the extant barlines (that I have had zero interest in, as a beginning) to where I want it.
In the 'key editor' or piano roll, one can define every subdivision down to your Quantize selection as a tempo point.

I remember back at Cubase SX2 a tutorial I'd found explaining this. It showed it done to an audio event, a popular rock tune. And it showed the resultant BPMs in flux. A very steady rock backbeat but the tempo breathed as does life. This was a gigantic eye-opener. Now, I have seen people that worked in Logic that can't be slave to the grid and they simply make music ignoring it. I was doing most things like that, but I have to say when I'm arranging, and today I'm arranging before I start, I want to have barlines and beat grid to make life simpler. But the grid follows my time, my sense of time.

Then there are complex and subtle things I have internalized so I'm not _thinking_ while I improvise that I can investigate and explore having a solid pulse bases to work from. Tuplets/nested tuplets and crossing the bar; metrical modulations from this in the time of that previous pulse. The "tempo track" is a very convenient and brilliant interface. Logic's doesn't do this for me at all.

But for VE Pro usage, Cubase has the VST3 so I have all the MIDI ports I like which means less instances obviously and no "Event Input" which IMO is a giant PITA.

 

I don't have any actual downside things to say. I did; Cubase does not do Core Audio directly, there is a translation 'CoreAudio2 ASIO.bundle' which would seem to be the factor accounting for latency that's just too high. Right now I have a workflow with VE Pro where I can play in parts fairly reliably with 1024 in the buffer.
A matter of defining record latency compensation. A bit tricky but it does more or less obviate the problem for me.

MacBook Pro 15,1: 2.9 GHz 6-core i9
32GB 2400MHz DDR4
OSX 10.14.5
VE Pro 7
Posted on Sat, Mar 07 2015 08:35
by Steve Steele
Joined on Sun, Dec 04 2011, Posts 85
Digital Performer user here.

Pros:

Chunks (multiple sequences in one project that can all sync to one video).
Very stable.
OSX and Windows versions.
Clean and well organized interface. Looks like a Mac program due to it's good use of GUI concepts.
Feature set all around is very strong for film composers. But is a very strong audio DAW.
Conductor track.
Conductor track can be turned off in favor of tap tempo, external sync and other.
Mulitple ways to do the same thing which allows a level of customized workflow that I haven't seen in another DAW.
MIDI tracks are seperate from Instrument tracks (some see this as a negative, an old way of working that's never been fixed. But it's not. DP is always in multi-timbral mode).
MIDI Device Groups (allows you to assign multiple MIDI tracks to an instrument track.
Track Folders
Track Grouping
Recorded audio can be written to another drive.
All MIDI CC editing is done in one lane and it's easy to hide CCs you don't need to see.
Video syncing is extremely accurate and powerful.
VEP has a MAS version that supports 48 MIDI ports. Offline bouncing works with MAS version of VEP!!!
Markers can be ranked by importance.
Find Tempo feature that helps you find a tempo that best matches a list of locked markers which helps when scoring to video when marking "hits".
One click disabling of instrument and audio tracks to save CPU.
Window Sets with assignable keystrokes.
Measures can be adjusted to line up with waveform peaks or anything else.
Video's audio can be bused to aux tracks and effects applied, or video's audio track can be imported and put into an audio track for analysis. The sequence tempo can be altered to match the imported audio track.
Built in partial Vocalign program.
Any MIDI CC can be edited and automated in CC lane.
MIDI plugins.
MIDI can be edited in Tracks, Sequnce, MIDI, Event List, notation,
Drum and Quickscripe windows.
Rewire support works both ways.
Pre Gen mode (when plugins are bypassed, hidden behind windows or closed they pre render and take a load off the CPU).
All keystrokes are customizable.
Can use MAS, AU and VST plugins.
Bouncing and Freezing - Offline bouncing, Track Freezing. Printing of effects or effects as inserts (destructive and non destructive).
Vracks - Allows you to share all you're instrument tracks including VEP across all sequences. Vracks can be disabled with a single click.
Mixer snapshots.
Themes
Unlimited Takes per track.
No dongle. Can use on two computers. If added to a third, one gets disabled.
Tracks can be moved and re-ordered in any window including the mixer.
Looping, auto rewind, auto stop, auto punch in and overdub mode are easy to enable and use.
Free 30 day unlimited demo
Much much more (I'll add more later)

Cons:

84 useful plugins, some are great, but not as many fancy plugins as other DAWs (I don't use built in plugins that much anyway).
Expression Maps/Note Expressions would be welcome.
The notation editor needs updating. It's sluggish and needs a facelift. Not as powerful as one would expect.
If you want a "cute" DAW DP might seem like your father's DAW but several of the new themes give DP a modern look.

Bottom Line: Everything in DP allows for multiple "takes". In other words, you can have multiple sequences, multiple takes, multiple mix scenes, multiple vracks, and all of your sequences can be brought into a macro sequencer called the song window, where sequences can be sequenced! Or they can be arranged into a playlist. All of this syncs with video (1080p, 1920 and 4k video support might be available now).

In my opinion DP has more features than most other DAWs and has had them a long time now which makes DP a very stable program. Closest DAW to DP is probably Cubase, although there are some differences and I find DP easier on the eyes and more flexible.

Good luck.
Posted on Sun, Apr 12 2015 10:38
by Edward Fiebke
Joined on Thu, Feb 03 2005, Posts 24

I've owned many DAWs throughout the years starting with Cakewalk in the early 1990s. Currently, I'm using Logic Pro X and Digital Performer 8 (DP 8).  I have to agree with the above poster regarding DP 8 and its features and customability. I'm relatively new to DP 8 but the more I explore its capabilities, the more I enjoy using it. It is HIGHLY customized. Also, its ability to have multiple takes and multiple sequences (the two are distinct) per project, makes for a phenomenal film scoring tool.  Additionally, DP 8 generates its own streamers and punches which I have not found in other DAWs yet.  (I learned film composition over 33 years ago using a flatbed movieola. I learned how to make my own streamers and punches which are nice visual aides in hitting cues. Been happily using the streamers and punches generaged by DP 8 for my modest film scoring needs.)

The problem that I have with DP 8 is that I that it chokes on my modest 55+ instrument orchestral templet.  It's fine when a small number of virtual instruments are being used. However, I have yet to figure out how to NOT make it choke for the larger orchestral templet (using a few different instrumental libraries housed within a couple of different sample players).

Logic Pro X, on the other hand, handles the same (modest) 55+ instrument orchestral templet without issue. With the exception of the inevitable CPU spikes during keyswitching (but not fatally and not to 100% usage), the CPU meters in Logic Pro X show that all 16 threads (to my 8-core Mac Pro) are evenly used and hover around 15% to 20% usage. This confirms to what is a wonderfully stable system.

I wish that I had the stability found with Logic Pro X and DP 8's features!!!

Enter VEPro 5. . . 

In a "master/slave" computers set-up, DP 8 is allowed to shine, thanks to the newest version VEPro 5! I let my aging yet trusty Early 2009 Mac Pro handle the instrumental libraries with VEPro 5/MIR Pro and let my younger and capable Late 2012 MacMini handle DP 8's sequencing and film composition strength.  I could not be happier!

Edited to add: It is nice to read that people are enjoying Cubase. It seems that newer versions of Cubase are relatively stable. Good! Again, this is nice to read. I used to own an earlier version of Cubase duriing my PC days. That freakin' program gave me headaches, nightmares and ulcers. Cubase is what led me back to Logic (I still have the floppy disks to PC-based Logic when it was owned by eMagic) and into the world of Mac computers (which are just "OK").

Early 2010 MacPro (2 X 3.33 GHz Six-Core); 64 GB RAM; OS X 10.13.6; NIVIDIA Quadro K5000 video card; 8 internal SSDs; two MOTU's 2408 MK3 devices; Late 2012 Mac Mini (2.6 GHz i7); OS X 10.13.6; 16 GB RAM; MOTU 828x device; AKAI MPK88 keyboard controller; Logic Pro X; DP 9.52; VEPro 6, MIR Pro & MIRx, Vienna Suite; VI Pro, VSL S.E. Complete Bundle & various other instrumental libraries.
Posted on Sun, Apr 12 2015 13:12
by Cyril Blanc
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Paris France, Posts 2649

Originally Posted by: Edward Fiebke Go to Quoted Post

 Also, its ability to have multiple takes and multiple sequences (the two are distinct) per project, makes for a phenomenal film scoring tool.  

It is possible to handle multi takes since Logic 8 and it has been improved since


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Posted on Sun, Apr 12 2015 16:24
by Edward Fiebke
Joined on Thu, Feb 03 2005, Posts 24

Cyril - I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that you're a Logic Pro fan! LOL! I am, too. Out of all of the DAWs owned, I've been using Logic Pro the longest. This does not mean that I aware of, or use, all of its functionalities. To be honest, I use the same few templets over and over and over again. Rarely do I explore it deeper, unfortunately. But it gets my modest projects done just fine. Logic Pro is rock solid for me. It has been for a while!

I did not know about it ability for multi-takes.

I will explore this further, now that you brought it to my (our) attention. Thank you.

Still, DP 8 does a nice job too, especially when paired with VEPro 5 in a "master/slave" computer situation. I am not "dissing" Logic Pro when I say this. Being relatively new to DP 8, I've grown to appreciate its capabilities that I've learned about it so far. It really is a great tool for film composition. So is Logic Pro X, for that matter. (Disclaimer: Despite holding a degree in Film Composition, I am not a professional film scorer, making a living off this craft. Videography and film scoring to my own projects are important, time-consuming, hobbies of mine, though.) 

I have both DAWs. . . both get used. I'm still a happy camper.

Edited to add: Each DAW has their strengths and their weaknesses. Each DAW has their own "cheer-leaders" and their own "critics". The bottom line is this: If the DAW works for you, and you're happy, that is all that matters. 

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