Better in the sense that it can meet my growing needs for a more professional setup. I want to be able to edit my tracks in greater detail than what my Triton is capable of doing on its touch screen.
I’d like to do all my mixing on the computer (the G5 I am going to get) because it is much more convenient.
I’d like something that can score my music as well, so other band members can play what I’ve written. I know Sibelius can do that, but it would be good if I didn’t have to purchase any more costly third-party software. If there is a plugin I can install, that would be great.
I have gone as far as to compile a list of musicians’s software preferences. Some entries are based on forums’ hearsay and assumptions. Contributions and amendments welcome.
- Stuart Matthewman (Sade)
- St Germain
- Martin Solveig (DJ)
- Andrew Hale (Sade keyboardist)
- Bjork – this is a pretty big pull factor, seeing how she does a lot of grunt work herself. Respect!
- Massive Attack – full Digidesign Pro Tool setup, with four Macs, according to this article.
- Talvin Singh
- Portishead, possibly
- Jamiroquai (recently switched to this)
- Depeche Mode
A mix of software
- Hans Zimmer uses both Cubase (for MIDI arrangements) and Pro Tools (audio)
- Basement Jaax may have used all three.
I’m trying to find out what EBTG’s Ben Watt is using.
Lots of people have been discussing which software to use, but have yet to reach a definite conclusion.
Lastly, I know good ideas count more than whatever software we use. But if I can help it, I’d like to start off with the best possible system my money can buy.
[Update: A good discussion and review on various music sequencers.]