Originally posted by FMF
Well actually I meant that FL is literally the dog's bollocks. But fair point. Fair point.
what's a bollock?
Did you look at Cakewalk, Sonar 8.5 is out, there are a lot of drum software with that. I have V 8.3, just before the latest and I see a BUNCH of synth and drum stuff. I have a Kurzweil PCX-1 performance controller and love the 'True Piano' included, its a great synth piano patch. I also have Kontakt 3 which has some grand piano stuff, but True Piano sounds better IMO. Up at level 8 or better, the stuff that comes with it is incredible. I just made a good start on my second CD using piano, guitar, mandolin, and dulcimer, lately more in solo mode than mixing mode with my latest compositions. You can hear some of my earlier stuff on myspace if you want, unless I already gave the URL to you, not sure.
BTW, I just got a sweet deal on a mixer, I have a Mackie already but it does not have direct outs and I have been looking for that. So I am at my local pawn shop looking for a hydraulic jack for a repair on my van, and I spy this nice mixer, an Alesis Studio 24, 8 XLR connectors, 8 nice mic preamps, regular switching and direct outs. It was listed at 150 bucks but I talked him down to 100 smackers! I needed direct outs because my I/O is an RME hammerfall multiface, a great I/O but it does not have pre-amps. I also have an M Audio firewire 410 which has 2 preamps and is great on the road, with a laptop, very portable way to record if you are just by yourself. So with the Alesis, I can have all 8 tracks independent into Sonar and 8 outs also if I want to mix external (which I have never had the need to do since Sonar will mixdown to 2 tracks and export to some folder at the same time, so I do all the setups in Sonar and just mix to a folder, works great) The Alesis was originally 800 bucks so I think I got a great deal. It works perfectly! I tried miking with the Alesis and then with the Mackie and found almost no difference in the perceived sonic value.