Sonic State Studio / Sequencers / CAKEWALK Pro Audio 9

Average rating: 8.8/10 out of 10

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Jim K a hobbyist user from US writes:
I absolutely love Cakewalk!! It's so easy and does everything cubase or logic can do and more!! DirectX is awesome to!!

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 23-Aug-00 at 12:46
Mark a Professional user from USA writes:
First of all, I just want to say that Cakewalk Pro Audio 9 is the best sequencing software I've ever used! Read on..

I write 'techno' music, so for a while I used an external hardware sequencer (Alesis MMT8 and then an RM1x), but I thought I'd try out software sequencing.

My first attempt was Logic Audio Platinum for Windows. I was intimidated by the sheer number of "professionals" using Logic, but as soon I loaded it I noticed it didn't have that instant usuability. After 3 weeks of messing around, I got everything to work perfectly, but I noticed every time I wanted to do something new, it took forever to figure out how to do it. The online help sucks and Logic itself does not conform well to the Windows API standard. The icons are nasty and the navigation is horrible. My conclusion with Logic was that if you truly need an all-in-one solution for sequencing, sampling, mastering, mixing, etc, then spend six months learning every nook and cranny and you'll be ok, otherwise Logic is garbage.

I downloaded the new Cubase 5.0 demo and used it for a couple days. There were some things that I liked, but overall there was more overhead than I needed. I am not into Soft Synths, which is one of the big benefits of Cubase, so as a sequencer I didn't really care for it too much.

Last I downloaded the Cakewalk 9 demo. Originally I was hesitant about it because people in the music stores say "It's not as professional" but after one day of using it, I think they are full of shit. I think the main reason for people saying that is because it doesn't support Mac.

Sequencing is a breeze. The toolbars make selecting any option easy! The layout of the software is beautiful and it looks, feels, and acts like a Windows API program. Everything is FAST! I am using an Emagic AMT8 for Midi, and it works great with Cakewalk.

One thing I noticed is that if I configure any of the three major sequencer to transmit midi-sync, Cakewalk is the only one which transmits even when I'm not in play/record, so I can listen to my ARPs which are synced to midi without having to record or playback.. That is a huge benefit! I bought the AudioFX 1 and 3 and they are great! In my opinion, Cakewalk + Sound Forge gives you the ultimate ower over Logic or Cubase. Add Sonic Foundry's Vegas and you have a complete Seuqencing, Audio Editing, and Mastering Suite! For $65 I added the Fxpansion VST plug-in support, so now I am using Orange Vocoder inside Cakewalk.

Take my advice, BUY CAKEWALK! It truly is a professional tool and will be the most productive tool in your studio. After all, Cakewalk is the #1 selling audio software company in the world.

Rating: 10 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 23-Aug-00 at 12:43
D Findlay a part-timer user from Hong Kong writes:
My first step into the world of PC sequencing and whadda relief after fighting with an MPC2000 for 12 months.

Tried out VST for a week and still had timing problems (I'm only running eight or so instruments through a Roland UM-4...? I recommend the UM-4 by the way). Cubase doesn't appear to be designed for first time users.

Didn't like the Logic Audio approach to things and CW 9.0 worked with all my kit straight out of the box. It's an intuitively easy program to suss out - & combined with Sound Forge as your audio editing tool, it's the dogs. MIDI setup is a doddle with as much or as little information as you need to see displayed in front of you.

After installing a whole load of DirectX effects, the audio section is quite powerful & straight forward. I haven't touched to manual and to be honest - I probably won't need to.

I don't how 9.0 compares to previous releases - but you can't really go wrong with this version.

[Pentium 700mHz / Roland UM-4 USB interface]

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Friday, 19-May-00 at 14:11
Neil a part-timer user from England writes:
Nice, but I'm not sure it's a major version number from 8...

Rating: 7 out of 10 posted Friday, 19-May-00 at 11:34
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