Sonic State Studio / Sequencers / CAKEWALK Pro Audio 9

Average rating: 8.8/10 out of 10

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music man from USA (but I wish I was in paris) writes:
It works faster and it sounds better than Pro audio 8. It's great for my needs which is a mock studio. I don't do too much midi stuff with it. I just put a drum track start playing on top of it.

My only grip is that the reverb will crash my computer for some reason.

For me it's great.

posted Sunday, 12-Nov-00 at 12:55
Zurc a part-timer user from USA writes:
I'll have to admit version 9 is by far, the best release since incorporating audio into its sequencer. I tried Cubase VST and found it awkward compared to Cakewalk's interface. However, Cakewalk has very a poor drum editor while Cubase really succeeds in that department. The interface is the easiest to learn if you are a seasoned PC user. You'll be running in less than an 20 minutes. Then again, I 've been a pc user for the longest, maybe that's why I felt so comfortable working with Cakewalk. IMO Cubase was a little weird because it didn't offer the conventional menus you would think would pop up with a right click here or there.

Currently, the main difference Cakewalk is missing from Cubase VST - DX Software synth plugins - Cakewalk doesn't have em yet. Second - An intuitive drum editor like Cubase VST's - Good pitch and tempo conversion - intergrated use of recycle or acid - Easier way to manipulate midi information instead of using Cal routines that requires programming knowledge. (Cubase is more complex and offers an interface to do this) Cakewalk requires writing a script for complex work.

The good news is that CW10 will be released with some major improvments. The CEO states having Dx software plugins, plus automation control of these plugins. Better ptich conversion and recycle support has been rumoured. However I haven't heard anything on an improved drum editor or making cal more user friendly. Essentially, Cakewalk is just as good as Cubase if not better IMO. I don't want to spend hours trying something to make it work. I'd rather spend hours playing and writing music. In that way 9.03 is the best.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Thursday, 24-Aug-00 at 19:32
Neil a part-timer user from UK writes:
Personally, I don't give a monkey's if it's professional or not - the mighty Logic freezing up on the mighty Mac platform hardly seemed like very pro feature, either. What I *do* like is the fact that it's a Windows application, it doesn't have the awkward Atari/Mac ancestry like the other two. If you know your way round other Windows apps, you'll know your way round this straight away.

Rating: 7 out of 10 posted Thursday, 24-Aug-00 at 11:38
MPChead a Professional user from US writes:
Cakewalk is not, never has been, nor ever will be a professional level sequencing program. It can bow down to Vision DSP as well as Logic. Cakewalk is midi sequencing for the mentally handicapped. It does beat Cubase, but that's not saying much at all.

posted Thursday, 24-Aug-00 at 4:1
Erik a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I'll give it -1 for the bugs. In all other aspects a much better MIDI-seq. than Logic/Cubase. Easy to learn, much to do. Don't understand how anybody can use Logic 4.0=shit. CW9 Rules. Don't really know about HD-rec though as I mostly work with softsynths.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Thursday, 24-Aug-00 at 3:4
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