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Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2015, 11:57:13 AM »
Since he was thinking about Logic - using Garageband seemed a very logical stepping stone.

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Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2015, 11:58:51 AM »
wow - I didn't realize until Loren just pointed it out... Logic Pro X is only $199 now.   Logic 8 was like $600 when I bought it.  I'm still using 8.
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Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2015, 02:29:24 PM »

Loren Nerell just bought a Nektar and I have to say - I've been looking at Nektar's for a long time as well.  But I don't really use softsynths so ...  not high on my list.

I'm not a big softsynth user except for samplers. I bought the Nektar because of the direct integration with Logic. Since I sold off most of my keyboard synths (I still have quite a few rackmount ones) I thought it would be nice to have a controller with some knobs and stuff. Here's a video that shows how it works with the latest version of Logic 10.2:

https://youtu.be/Y3DR86aFZgU
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Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2015, 07:27:35 AM »
The name Garage band give such bad vibes about a audio program they really need to change that :)
FL Studio has the same problem. Obviously they changed the name in hopes people will consider it a "real" DAW, but I'll always call it FruityLoops. :P For the record, I've been using it exclusively since 2003. It's a great piece of software, and it's true they never charge for upgrades, ever.
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Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2015, 02:37:26 PM »

Loren Nerell just bought a Nektar and I have to say - I've been looking at Nektar's for a long time as well.  But I don't really use softsynths so ...  not high on my list.

I'm not a big softsynth user except for samplers. I bought the Nektar because of the direct integration with Logic. Since I sold off most of my keyboard synths (I still have quite a few rackmount ones) I thought it would be nice to have a controller with some knobs and stuff. Here's a video that shows how it works with the latest version of Logic 10.2:

https://youtu.be/Y3DR86aFZgU

That is one  8) controller.....I can see quite a few folks getting into logic just to have Alchemy and Nektar.  Im Still happy in Logic Pro 9 but the day will come.
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Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2015, 02:51:50 PM »

The name Garage band give such bad vibes about a audio program they really need to change that :)

Anyway Reaper is probably a better choice...

I dont know....Garage Band or Reaper as in Grim....I'll take my chances with GB  ;D
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Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Reply #26 on: December 06, 2015, 07:49:22 AM »
I appreciate the original poster's post from the point of view of asking where to start.
I think most people here have found a DAW that suits them, by way of personal preference / trying lots out.
I try to stick with one DAW and really try to get to grips with it. Some DAWs I've tried, just don't appeal to me, so (rather than spending lots of time trying to adapt to them), I move on.

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Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2015, 06:18:12 PM »
I can understand the name Garage Band, the software is for beginners, most people when they first start bands they usually start in their garage. They also have an audio app for live performance called Mainstage, both names makes total sense to me. But who cares, its just a name, what comes out of any of that stuff is what matters.
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Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Reply #28 on: December 14, 2015, 07:20:43 PM »

That is one  8) controller.....I can see quite a few folks getting into logic just to have Alchemy and Nektar.  Im Still happy in Logic Pro 9 but the day will come.

I'm still running Logic 9 myself, and it works with it too. I haven't had a lot of time to dive into it yet as I am still dialing in the studio after the move to another room, most of my time is taken up with other parts of my house at the moment.
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Re: Best DAW for Ambient Music 2015
« Reply #29 on: February 04, 2016, 06:44:56 AM »
Reaper has great modulation options, you can choose a multitude of LFOs or use other audio to modulate effect parameters - great for adding to EQ to add sweeps and bring things to life - I don't know if other DAWs have this feature, but I think Bigwig also has it.

I'd also put up Audiomulch as a serious contender for ambient work, it's (mostly) a non-timeline based workflow and so is much more geared towards live jamming and experimentation. I generate nearly all of my audio via Audiomulch and then fine tune and structure it in Reaper. And whilst you can just start recording the output in Reaper, I find I hardly ever do it as the focus is so much more about a timeline - where as in AM, I'll just hit record and noodle away for ages..