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Which DAW(s) do you prefer to Pro Tools, and why?

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Gravatar photo Griffin_Ritze

After working with Apple Logic for nearly I year I began to use Pro Tools in my college's audio facilities. I almost immediately preferd Pro Tools for it's simple, and user-friendly design. Logic now seems too stylized and convoluted to me now.

What do you prefer to Pro Tools?


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  1. Answered: 1905 day 10 h (2) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoJay Moore

    I'm probably in the minority of people who don't use or prefer Pro Tools. I've used's nice. it's an industry standard.

    However, for my personal projects and my personal choice, I go with Adobe Audition.

    The main reason I go with Audition is mostly because it's what I learned to use. It was not my first first audio editor was Goldwave...which I still use on a daily basis for real quick-n-dirty stuff I need to do.

    However, I go with Audition becuase I've learned how it works...and I've learned how to do most of the stuff I want to do with it. After using ProTools (briefly), I can't see the major functionality differences...I do know ProTools tends to also add music creation with sequencing and things, however, from a personal standpoint..i don't use any of those features, so I ignore them.

    Ultimately, it depends what you're used to and if it can do what what you need it to. Many people I've talked to on my online travels have asked me "which is the better editor?" or "which is better for mixing?"...and I honestly tell the same need to find something that you can make do what you want and that you're comfortable with.

    A lot of people will say pro tools...which is pretty impressive because least should have an entirely differnet method of attacking a project....or just thinks it does have a pretty good workflow setup that a lot of people agree upon....or maybe they're just going to the flow.

    • Funny you mention it, I've been using Goldwave since someone passed me a shareware copy on floppy disk. I have to imagine the reason you mention this was that Cool Edit was the new game in town that added multi-track features (that are now audition). With that and other programs combining editing and recording into one, its still hard to give up what you know! When it comes to simple touch-ups, they all do the pretty much the same thing.

      McSmooth | Nov 17 at 03:11

    • I'm i total agreement here. The first and most important aspect with any program is -- will it do what I need it to do? Then a close second is -- am I comfortable using it and does it appeal to me. If it does what you need it to do and you like it...what else is there. The only other scenario I see is if you run a commercial studio and you get a ton of external Pro Tools projects in. Then there is a serious case to be make for that platform.

      Justin Vencel | Nov 22 at 01:11

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  2. Answered: 1890 day 4 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoMcSmooth

    As with many aspects of the studio, this often comes down to personal choice (if your gigs aren't dictating it for you).  I personally stayed away from Pro Tools because of its similarities to Apple computers.  By that I mean how their software locks you into a limited range of hardware and the simplistic design.  Please take this as an opinion (based from a few years ago)... to many professionals, those are all good things!  You get more stable systems, less setup, more compatibility, and it is easy to get things done. 

    With other DAWs on the other hand, you have limitless options and creativity... at the cost of much more time setting it all up. This can be good for the technical and creative artist, but again, not always as the best for someone that simply needs to get jobs done and pay the bills.

    In the end, they all do pretty much the same thing and the gaps have really narrowed.  It usually comes down to personal preferences on the interface/workflow, compatibility with specific hardware and 3rd party software, and niche features you may require.  I've had the best luck with Cubase/Nuendo for quite some time now.  Many of the others are also very good, but I really prefer the way Steinberg handles surround.

  3. Answered: 1887 day 6 h (1) | Permalink

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    Gravatar phototnjsax

    I tried out the M-Powered Pro Tools for a bit and you know, you really can't go wrong with Pro Tools.  Like it was mentioned above, Pro Tools is the "industry standard" and is responsible for just about every great recording ever made.  I hear the HD system (which i may add is way out of MY budget) tops all DAWs.

    Pro Tools is nice, but I prefer ABLETON LIVE 8. No, I'm not a DJ and no, I do not record Hip-Hop, rap, or much electronic music. I'm actually a jazz musician. I find the stream lined organization of Ableton to take all the stress out of the whole recording process.  The ability to drag and drop, edit and modify, reorder and delete multiple effect chains all while your mix plays is convienent to really hear what is going on in the mix.  I have definitely learned a lot about audio and processing by just tinkering with various features that are implemented in Live.

    From various jazz projects to pop music, I feel i can do it all in Live's simple design. I use Live "on the road" to record many of my live shows.  It works like a charm, and depending upon the live rig, I  often use the effects integrated within Live to power the show.  The routing methods are very easy to understand.  And with the Suite edition and a little creativity, you can build your own effect racks within no time without having to deal with those CPU hungry VSTs that Pro Tools relies so heavily on.  Everything you need is all built in.

    So that's why I use live. It's EASY and POWERFUL at the same time.  You can't go wrong with Pro Tools, but I'm sticking to Ableton for now.

    • It always seems to come down to what you are comfortable with. So long as you can get a decent work flow and the application can actually do what you want it to're good to go. The had part is finding the right talent to produce.

      Justin Vencel | Nov 25 at 12:11

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  4. Answered: 1907 day 22 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoDjahole

    i Prefer Logic an Samplitude! Logic is the most common Interface for midi and you have never any problems with it like the famous dead first note!

    Ableton live seems good too for midi but have too less sound modules on board i like the exs an so on it sound realy good!

    And Samplitude Pro the little Sequioa brother is in my opnion the best for audio record and Film. It's the most flexible Program I have ever used because the object editing makes short and fast reactions possible!

    I hope it was helpful!

    Sincerly Yours


  5. Answered: 1890 day 0 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoJustin Vencel

    This one is always a touchy subject, but you did say what do you prefer, and not what's best. 

    I started my career on Cakewalk 6-something and then shortly discovered Steinberg's Cubase.  I've been using Cubase ever since and have been very happy with it.

    There was a point in time when Digidesign's Pro Tools audio routing had an advantage over Cubase that made it very difficult to side-chain devices or do parallel compression, but those times have passed since they completely rewrote the audio engine after Cubase 3x.

    I recently had a chance to have someone from Cakewalk demo the latest version of Sonar, and I must say, it is very nice. I really think that most companies have really closed the gap between each other in terms of features.  Software development is a much more mature process these days and since margins on individual products are so thin these days, you really have to be on your game in order to be competitive.

    I've very happy to use Cubase 5 these days, and it is certainly not the limiting factor in my mixing -- that's for sure.

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    Gravatar phototheDAWstudio

    Justin's right. This is a very sticky debate filled with bias and spite. I've found that all professional level DAWs can produce professional product. It just depends on which one is going to work the best with your mindset and workflow to help you get that product with the least hassle. I have spent the last few weeks doing research and writing an article discussing this very debate. Here are links to the three sections and the comparison section links to nearly 20 individual pages discussing the good and bad of each DAW.

    What Is A DAW?

    Which DAW Is The Best...For Me?

    DAW Comparison Chart with links to 20 DAWs

    If you enjoy them, please share them with others. Thanks.

  7. Answered: 1134 day 14 h (0) | Permalink

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    Gravatar photoAstral Plane Studios

    Pro Tools is now my back up for compatibility purposes. I'm now full on Presonus Studio One 2. AWESOME program, AWESOME features and non real-time export is a godsend. I can't stand the way Avid does business and how they constantly rip off people. Presonus on the other of difference.

    One of the feautres I really enjoy is the bus creation, select all the tracks, right click new bus and you have your drum, guitar, etc busses.

    Very stable, great looking meters and the DAW itself is very natural sounding to my ear, not much hype on highs or lows.

    64-bit support

    quantization is a breeze too.

    Too many reasons as to why I've made the switch.

    Basically S1 has all the feaures long time users have been asking for without the money stealing practices avid pulls. S1 should be considered a serious rival to PT.

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