What’s The Best Desktop DAW? (2014 Poll)

Best DAW PollIn 2010, Synthtopia readers voted Ableton Live the world’s best DAW.

In 2012, FL Studio took that title, when over 10,000 readers voted in our DAW Poll.

Since our last DAW poll, the percent of our readers that use iOS and Android mobile devices has grown to over 33%. But, while mobile apps are popular, desktop DAWs are still the first choice for over 90% of electronic musicians.

So – what’s the best desktop DAW in the world in 2014? Here’s your chance to weigh in! Continue reading

Avid Updates Pro Tools Licensing, Pricing

avid-pro-toolsAvid today announced changes to its licensing for Pro Tools Software and Pro Tools | HD Software, by including upcoming features – such as future cloud collaboration capabilities, as well as a standard Avid Support plan – with new purchases, upgrades, and crossgrades for one full year.

Avid also announced lower upgrade pricing for existing customers.

Customers who buy or upgrade to Pro Tools 11 by December 20, 2014 will receive extended coverage through March 2016.

“We’re making it easier for all customers to elevate their music and audio production immediately—and then take it to a higher level as cloud collaboration and other new features become available later,” says Avid’s Chris Gahagan. Continue reading

Arturia & Bitwig Announce Producer Pack Hardware + Software Bundles

arturia-producer-packArturia and Bitwig have teamed up, announcing three Producer Pack bundles, that combine an Arturia KeyLab keyboard controller, the Analog Lab sound collection software suite, Mini V and Bitwig Studio, for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.  Continue reading

Propellerhead Reason 8 Now Available

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Propellerhead announced today that Reason 8 is now available for purchase.

Reason 8 introduces a completely redesigned user interface and streamlined workflow that they say is designed to let you ‘move faster from idea to music’.

Here’s the official video intro to Reason 8: Continue reading

‘From Insane To Ludicrous:’ Traktion 5 Now Bundled With Melodyne Essentials

Traktion_LogoTracktion Software has announced that they’ve integrated Celemony’s Audio Random Access (ARA) capability and are now bundling the (Celemony) Melodyne Essential Plug-in as part of the Tracktion 5 Music Production Software platform.

Tracktion is a multi-platform DAW which works with Linux, Mac or Windows operating systems.

Celemony’s Melodyne system tackles audio time and pitch editing by focusing on a musical approach to a previously highly technical process. Melodyne users can see not only where the music gets louder/softer but also where notes begin and end — and at what pitch they lie. Individual notes can be modified, thereby directly influencing the intonation, phrasing and dynamics.

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Reason 8 A ‘Radical Rethinking Of Reason’s Workflow’

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Propellerhead Software today announced Reason 8 – a major new version of its virtual studio and digital audio workstation (DAW).

Reason 8 introduces a completely redesigned user interface and streamlined workflow that Propellerhead says ‘makes it easy to create amazing music, faster than ever.’

“For Reason 8, we’ve taken everything people love about Reason and introduced a streamlined new user interface,” says Propellerhead’s Leo Nathorst-Böös, “that makes it easier for new users to get started, and more fun for seasoned users to work faster.”

Here what’s new in Propellerhead Reason 8: Continue reading