1 Parabar 11 months ago Happy New Year, All!My resolution for this year is to finally start recording all the original music I've accumulated. I have about 3 albums' worth of material, and I'm hoping to finish the first one this year. The first order of business is to decide which Digital Audio Workstation to invest in and learn. I have a little experience with Pro Tools and Cubase, and was shown some pretty impressive features today about Ableton Live. So, I'd very much appreciate feedback from any of you that have used any of these to help in my decision. Some basics about me and what I'm up to: I previously started on a Korg digital 16 track recorder, so I have some experience with the basics of digital recording. I've done recording projects (someone else engineering) in both Pro Tools and Cubase, and soundwise don't hear enough difference to be concerned with. I tend to learn softwares pretty quickly, but shifting between performer and engineer roles is difficult for me, so intuitiveness of use is a factor. I know Pro Tools is the industry standard, but also hear it takes longer to learn, and is more menu-driven than perhaps I'd like, but again, that's only one (though important) factor. It appears that Ableton can export recorded sound files to be uploaded into Pro Tools for mixing and mastering, with some effort but not too much difficulty, so that 's a helpful option. Your thoughts/experiences? The music I'm working on is more traditional/realistic ---- not so much electronica, dance, etc. Jazz, reggae, Latin, funk, etc. I plan to play most of the instruments myself, with maybe some ringers brought in for congas/timbales/percussion, harmony vocals, horns and such. Good-sounding (by which I mean mostly natural/acoustic sounding) drums are important. I'll likely replace the internal cymbals and hi-hat with real ones, so not too concerned about those, but the kick, snare, and toms have to sound good. Also need to be able to route internal drum sounds to separate tracks. From what I've seen, the prices for all three are in the same ballpark --- although it looks like Pro Tools puts you on the hook for monthly support, which I consider extortion and immoral. If it truly yields the best results, though, I could live with that (sigh). I'm looking for the optimum balance (for me) between audio quality (I plan to release them and have them be radio-worthy, even if no station anywhere wants to play them) and painlessness (dare I say even fun?) in using them. Your experiences pro or con are much appreciated --- especially if you've discovered any idiosyncrasies, like incompatibility with certain types of microphones, effects, or whatever --- or certain tricks to enhance performance in some area.Thanks in advance for your comments!