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I've been wondering what music production software programs that the famous musicians use. Are they in the same boat as us, e.g. they use Pro Tools, Cubase, FL Studio, Reason, Ableton, etc, etc.

 

(ofcourse they have the million dollar studio, but besides that) Or do they have there own very special sparkley programs that your average Joe either doesn't know about or can't afford to use. Kind of like a race car drivers. :blink:

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Hi I mainly produce VO's so I use my trusty Cool Edit Pro which is a great programme. I spend my money on up to date effects, beds and sound effects. If I was to update my software I would go for Adobe Audition 3 which has got rave reviews. Hope this helps.

 

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Well I can safely say,it depends what your needs are and what software you can afford,Best By Far is Adobe Audition v3.The one i use...alot of people always ask me how do you get everything to flow on the final mixdown without it sounding compressed,yes it can be rather confusing so for anyone wanting to know how i do it...Please read on...

 

Firstly start up Adobe(Obviously),go into multi-track mode put all your audio in to the Multritracks,then here comes the good part...make sure your voice carries on the audio over the effects etc...higher the volume on each vocal segment you use...to around +4.8 making sure that it does not overmodulate...next drop all the effects to around -2.7 to -3.8 depending on what u use,music beds around -6.2 comfortable as it may seem listening to it like this will make you think,is this gonna work..well it should,ok Mix Down to Stereo..it will then open up in Wave Edit as we know....now don't eq-it ok...if you have the Plug-In Roger Nicholls Finis...Ideally no pro should be with out it...quite expensive but a brilliant piece of software to work with... Select VST then find Finis ok open finis...it will highlight your audio...select occasional overs from the Effect Presets Box at the top...Adjust In Gain to 3db...Adjust the Ceiling Parameter to -40db then try your Mix and if your happy with it save it...Pure experimentation..but that is the way i do it...and works well on all of my custom Products...

 

Just a little insight in how to get the best out of your audio Software...

 

Google Search Roger Nicholls Finis...you'll be amazed at the price of the plug-In,certainly worth the money...if you want your mixes to Ideally Sound Fantastic..

 

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Derek was correct in everything he said, but, the only advantage I've found with Adobe Audition is the user-friendliness. You can do everything you need to and a hell of a lot more on Pro Tools, only thing is, the learning curve is much steeper, as is the price! Pro Tools has fined tuned the simplest tasks to make them sound better. A simple tool such as time stretch/compress works so much better in Pro Tools than AA or CEP. I've used both for a long time now and Pro Tools would be my choice if you were serious about being in the industry (and your wallet can handle it!). Just my two cents! :upz:

 

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Up-All-Night productions and Criteria Studios in Miami (and American Idol i hear) use DigiDesign ProTools which is an excellent but expensive Studio Program. Lots of bells and whistles on that one. For the home musician probably CakeWalk and Sonar would be the best choices and i've used both, if you've ever heard of "Arockalypse and the Amazing TransMetropolitans" Chris Bray created his entire debut album with Cakewalk...then went out to find musicians for a band! For the musician on a tight budget i'd say Acoustica Mixcraft or Beatcraft depending on what you plan to record. Of course the software is important but the hardware should be first rate if you plan to record your own music and instruments.

 

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Up-All-Night productions and Criteria Studios in Miami (and American Idol i hear) use DigiDesign ProTools which is an excellent but expensive Studio Program. Lots of bells and whistles on that one. For the home musician probably CakeWalk and Sonar would be the best choices and i've used both, if you've ever heard of "Arockalypse and the Amazing TransMetropolitans" Chris Bray created his entire debut album with Cakewalk...then went out to find musicians for a band! For the musician on a tight budget i'd say Acoustica Mixcraft or Beatcraft depending on what you plan to record. Of course the software is important but the hardware should be first rate if you plan to record your own music and instruments.

 

MADcHATTER

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I use both Sonar 7 PE and Adobe Audition. Audition is easy to use, no doubt about it. It is the program I go to for easy and quick projects. I prefer Sonar for other, more extensive projects.

 

Pro Tools is becoming the industry favorite, though you will shell out a lot of money for it. Someday I may invest in Pro Tools. In the meantime, I do like Sonar 7.

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I use both Sonar 7 PE and Adobe Audition. Audition is easy to use, no doubt about it. It is the program I go to for easy and quick projects. I prefer Sonar for other, more extensive projects.

 

Pro Tools is becoming the industry favorite, though you will shell out a lot of money for it. Someday I may invest in Pro Tools. In the meantime, I do like Sonar 7.

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I have been using Sound Forge for simple audio editing, and Reaper for my multi-track production demos. The challenge for me has been Mastering software. Been eyeing Ableton Live or Pro Tools, but that's a mighty budget swing for me at the moment.
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To master your files use Izotope with the setting "CD Master"

To old files - after making an audio restoration - adding "Warm Mids" by using Izotope is recommended

Most of Us are using Adobe Audition (aka AA)

AA has a lot of plugins to restore, edit etc Your files ...

I have been using Sound Forge for simple audio editing, and Reaper for my multi-track production demos. The challenge for me has been Mastering software. Been eyeing Ableton Live or Pro Tools, but that's a mighty budget swing for me at the moment.

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I use adobe audition and FL studio but a lot of places use Cuebase.
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