Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Pro Tools Myth

I figured since I have embarked into the world of blogging I should touch on a topic that causes crazy commotion amongst newbie Music Producers, Engineers, and Home Studio Enthusiasts; The inevitable question, "should I get Pro Tools?" I am certified on Pro Tools, so what I am about to say is not meant to knock any program, or question its credibility.

Its not WHAT YOU USE, but HOW you use it!

Here are some suggestions when going through the process of deciding on which software to use for recording:

  • Ask yourself "what will I be primarily using this software for?"
  • Your answer will allow you to narrow it down to a few categories; music creation, mixing, recording, editing, or mastering
  • Go on the web and Google "recording software reviews"
  • Visit each of the top 5 links, visit the product sites and read over the reviews
  • Most companies will offer "trial" or "lite" versions of their software, download trial versions for each product that interests you and PLAY AROUND!
  • Do not base your decision on how many plug-ins come with the program, or how cool the interface looks. Make your decision on how you feel when navigating, or performing certain commands. If one program makes sense to you, and you find it very easy to adapt to, USE THAT ONE
Whether it is Cubase, Sonar, Pro Tools, GarageBand, Logic, etc... Make sure you pick the program that feels right for you, and does what you need it to do. Forget what the magazines say, and forget what your buddy is doing down the street.

Feel free to comment. Thats all I have to say about that.


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