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Best DAW for Recording


My venue us looking to upgrade to digital mixing and computer recording from analog mixing and hard disc recording. I have a basic knowledge of how DAWs work, but not allot about the individual programs on the market. Logic, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Reason, Ablelton Live... I don't know much how to choose between them. Here's what we need: we're a small church that needs to be able to record live, and -to an extent- the simpler the better. I know these programs are all capable, but can you give some direction as to what the programs lend themselves to?
August 3, 2013 @03:54pm
Joe Muscara

*If* you already have a Mac, you could try using GarageBand first as any relatively recent Mac will have it. It might do all that you need as it can do quite a bit, yet it's designed to be simple and easy to use.
Here are some other questions that will help people to provide answers.
How many tracks do you plan to record at once?
Do you have any idea what you want to use as an audio interface to get the audio into the computer?
Do you plan to or have any desire to do anything besides audio, such as MIDI, software instruments, loops, or effects?
Will the recordings be all live or will there be overdubbing?
August 4, 2013 @01:02pm

Try out Reaper (works for mac and windows - I use it on both platforms)
Cheap, powerful and you can try out the fully working demo with no restrictions.
Great program, great user community.
August 4, 2013 @03:06pm

PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2
Check this out - digital mixer AND DAW software.....this is the "small" configuration (up to 32 mic press on other models in the line)....
This is where I would personally go, if and when I ever need to.
August 5, 2013 @07:57pm

I have to recommend Ableton Live since that's what I use. I used to use Pro Tools 7, and I'm sure the newest version is probably awesome. Ableton Live just seems to be the easiest (once you learn it). Plus Live has the whole, play the computer like an instrument thing, aka Session View, which is awesome.
August 13, 2013 @11:51pm

Protools is my choice !
April 12, 2014 @06:28am

I used Garage Band for years and then migrated to Logic Pro 8. I got decent at it but was frustrated with inconsistent volumes on mix down and the drum sounds. I got an M Box3 with Pro Tools Xpress and really love it.
August 11, 2014 @04:28am