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    Default What's Your Favorite Production Suite?

    I've had a lot of production suites over the years and while all of them are good in their own ways, there's one or two that really stand out for me personally.

    I remember taking an interest in production when a friend of mine picked up a looping tool called Acid. This wasn't so much a production suite as it was a cool program that gave you prerecorded loops that you could string together into a full song. Shortly after that I received a pirated copy of Fruity Loops 3. To this day it was the single biggest catalyst of what would eventually be a career focused around music and guitar.

    I still have Fruity Loops, or rather now as it's known, FL Studio. Yes, I own now

    Along the way I've also taken a shining to Logic Pro and to a lesser extent Cubase for production mixed with ProTools for mix and master duties. Logic was great until Apple really sunk their teeth into the program and defanged it at the expense of simplicity. I never could get back into that program after Logic Pro 8. No matter what I always find myself back with the familiar FL Studio layout and all it's wonderful tools.

    Did you know the program itself can function as a VST? It also has RTAS support in Protools, making it that much more powerful.

    What are you guys using to produce your own music?
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    I can't really say what's my favorite as I've only ever used one. Mixcraft 6. It's not nearly as powerful as say a Pro Tools but I'm not running studio so I don't need the power of a pro tools either. It's a really simple one, and probably not that advanced but I think that's why I like it. Reminds me of working on old consoles and it forces me not to worry about the latest x-bang tool because while it does have plug in support and such it still doesn't have a ton so I end up sticking the basics of getting a good signal and good mix without a ton of effects and techncial tricks.

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    I have been an Ableton user for a few years, so i use that for both recording and electronic music. I also like Reaper as to cheep and good, its what i generally recommend to people starting in recording and music production.
    A tele in to a vox is a thing of beauty,

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    Poked around in reaper and demos of live and reason. Then on a whim picked up cakewalks entry entry level music creator 6 dirt cheap on Steam - which lead to an also dirt cheap upgrade to the sonar x3 base suite. While I still have along way to go with it and all my free third party plugins and instruments - I will stick with it for the foreseeable future. More discounted upgrades await with the newest iteration also. It's pretty powerful and a great value for windows users.
    I have signed up for protools first - their soon to be released free offering - though that looks to me, at least, to be a marketing angle to sell plugin bundles. Cheers.

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    ...Garageband (ioS) - it's the only one i can afford , but then i just hack around in the basement:
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    I'm finding this thread quite interesting. I've been playing guitar for a long time but I never bothered with the technology stuff. I would like to maybe start doing some production work but I have no clue on what to get. It would have to be something easy to use and relatively cheap as I have to save up to get another electric. I used to use Sony Vegas and it was fine for me but I lost everything when my pc crashed. so now I'm looking for something else. Keep the ideas and advice coming, I'll be watching

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    If your a novice, or a 'songwriter', i recommend getting an iPad (even a used $100 one) and installing the Garageband app ($10?).
    I like that i can carry it with me and have it if i get an 'idea' on the spur-of-the-moment.
    You can throw-down an 8bar drum track in less than a minute, then start another track for your guitar (i use an acoustic into the ipad mic for starters).
    Then later, at home, i hook it into my 8track/USB mixer ($40 used) and monitor setup.
    From there i'll polish my 'idea' on up to 8 different audio tracks. It's good enough to impress friends/family.
    I've heard of a few touring singer/songwriters that have actually cut an album using it.

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    I have been using logic pro x more and more, but I'll always be a pro tools guy at heart. For the iPad, I've really gotten in to Auria... the plugins and the workflow is really cool and reminds of me of their bigger brothers on the desktop side.
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    I've only ever used FL studio and Ableton. I prefer FL studio.
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