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Old 09-27-2010, 10:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I wanted to start making some music and I was wondering if MU.lab UL would be a good alternative to some of the more pricier DAW out there. Can anyone give me some feedback on this program?
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By "making music" do you mean recording or electronic production?

I'm not familiar with the DAW you posted but personally I like Cubase - especially for recording.
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Old 10-04-2010, 05:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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By "making music" do you mean recording or electronic production?

I'm not familiar with the DAW you posted but personally I like Cubase - especially for recording.
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I'm familiar with Cubase. I just don't have the money for it :/.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I wanted to start making some music and I was wondering if MU.lab UL would be a good alternative to some of the more pricier DAW out there. Can anyone give me some feedback on this program?
I've told a lot of people on here about this program because I think it's such a great value. It's Acoustica Mixcraft 5 and it retails for about $70. For that, you get a great, very user-friendly yet flexible DAW. Comes with a huge library of loops, as well as a lot of general midi configurations and a few software synths bundled with the program. Supports any VSTi or VST, as well as DirectX - and comes preloaded with a ton of great mastering and mixing tools and effects (it even has a simple version of Auto-Tune).

try the demo out. You get it free for like 2 weeks. It's perfectly capable of producing on Cubase or Protools level.
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I've told a lot of people on here about this program because I think it's such a great value. It's Acoustica Mixcraft and it retails for about $70. For that, you get a great, very user-friendly yet flexible DAW. Comes with a huge library of loops, as well as a lot of general midi configurations and a few software synths bundled with the program. Supports any VSTi or VST, as well as DirectX - and comes preloaded with a ton of great mastering and mixing tools and effects (it even has a simple version of Auto-Tune).

perfectly capable of producing on Cubase or Protools level.
Uh...
AM might be a good start-off point for a noob but to say it's on par with Cubase, much less Protools? I dunno about that, man... I've used Mixcraft, and it was pretty limiting. Felt like I was driving a race in a Powerwheel. I understand that a person just starting out probably won't need the features that more experienced producers would need, but if you're going to put money into something, put it into something you can grow into, not out of.

Cubase is a better option for that intermediate point. Easy enough to learn on, and broad enough not to grow out of any time soon. Caters to recording and producing and everything in between. My baby is Sonar, and I'll still recommend Cubase to beginners because I know it will serve them well, and for long.
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AM might be a good start-off point for a noob but to say it's on par with Cubase, much less Protools? I dunno about that, man... I've used Mixcraft, and it was pretty limiting. Felt like I was driving a race in a Powerwheel. I understand that a person just starting out probably won't need the features that more experienced producers would need, but if you're going to put money into something, put it into something you can grow into, not out of.

Cubase is a better option for that intermediate point. Easy enough to learn on, and broad enough not to grow out of any time soon. Caters to recording and producing and everything in between. My baby is Sonar, and I'll still recommend Cubase to beginners because I know it will serve them well, and for long.
But the thing about mc is for the price there's nothing really like it. And although it took till version 5, you really can (with a few work arounds) work it on a level comprable Protools. Basically, in expect in Mixcraft might be a high novice in Protools. So you might even surpass what alot of protools users can do for a while. So as a place to start and even stay in for a while, I think it's great.

Of course, you'll want to eventually have a variety of daws. protools, cubase, heck even sonar is usefull sometimes.
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But the thing about mc is for the price there's nothing really like it. And although it took till version 5, you really can (with a few work arounds) work it on a level comprable Protools. Basically, in expect in Mixcraft might be a high novice in Protools. So you might even surpass what alot of protools users can do for a while. So as a place to start and even stay in for a while, I think it's great.

Of course, you'll want to eventually have a variety of daws. protools, cubase, heck even sonar is usefull sometimes.
I think Magix Music Maker is about in the same range as Mixcraft, and is pretty much the same as far as features. I started out on that (not counting Fruityloops back in the day)... spent several versions with it until I moved on to Sonar 7PE and now 8.5PE. To be honest, I used to use a lot of other stuff with MMM but now that I have Sonar, everything I need and more is in that one program. I have shed loads of extra software that I don't use anymore because they became redundant. Hell, half my hardware is collecting dust now.

Just saying, I spent several years with entry level stuff like MMM and Mixcraft and had a legitimate need for more software because those programs are limited. With Sonar, I don't have that need, and I do a hell of a lot more than I used to, in terms of what functions I require.

I say all that to say yea, for the money entry-level programs might be good... but hell, now days you can get stuff like Cubase and Reason for free if you know how. Might as well learn on something that will have the features you need whenever you may need them.
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