Anyone here make electronic music? What DAW do you use?
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I'm in the process of learning how to make my own electronic music. I've been using FL Studio for a couple years but I feel like it's a little lacking. I'm trying to learn how to use Ableton right now but it's a little more complicated to figure out.
 
If anyone else here uses a DAW, which one do you use? Which one would you recommend, especially for integration with live instruments? 
 
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Reaper is great and free. It's pretty...'figure it out yourself' though. I prefer Cubase myself.
 
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I tried Reaper but I didn't find it very user friendly. I've been interested in Cubase as well, would you recommend it?
 
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I am a huge fan of "Ableton Live 8".  I found it easy to use from the get-go and has a lot of room to grow into.  It's pretty easy to find a version of "live lite" to see if you like it and upgrade if you do.
 
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I absolutely recommend Cubase...and yeah...Reaper is not user friendly at all. 
 
I'd also give Sony's ACID Studio a try. One of the simplest yet powerful DAWs I've used. It feels a little dated but I've made a few songs with it. Easiest to record directly into that I've found.
 
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I only touched on it in the main post, but what DAW is the best for integrating live instruments with electronic sounds as well as playing live. I plan on writing music that uses both live instruments and electronics, and I need a program that I can use to play the electronics live. 
 
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Ableton. 
 
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I only touched on it in the main post, but what DAW is the best for integrating live instruments with electronic sounds as well as playing live. I plan on writing music that uses both live instruments and electronics, and I need a program that I can use to play the electronics live. 
 
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Technically not a DAW, but Reason is popular for creating electronic music. Check out the demo (runs on Windows & Mac). I use Sonar myself.
 
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I just feel like everything I make in FL Studio sounds too "fake" or synthesized. Maybe I just need to try some different VSTs.
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I use Fruity Loops. Its not lacking as a music program, only your mind is. 
But yeah, if you want to try something else I would suggest Reason. I do use that time to time because of their good synterzhiers and then run it rewired with FL. 
 
Here is my latest production, though it was two years ago. Must get back on track :)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhl4z968R1E
 
Here some other
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJcX_K27PSk&fmt=18
 
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To expand a little on my Ableton recommendation. I don't really like Ableton, but when you're talking about live performing it always comes to mind. As a performance tool it's great, but as an actual DAW it's not for me.
 
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I only touched on it in the main post, but what DAW is the best for integrating live instruments with electronic sounds as well as playing live. I plan on writing music that uses both live instruments and electronics, and I need a program that I can use to play the electronics live. 
 
I know a few producers that feel the same way as well. Another one I tried and just didn't like.
 
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I just feel like everything I make in FL Studio sounds too "fake" or synthesized. Maybe I just need to try some different VSTs.
 
Reason is great. As a matter of fact, any of their products are. 
 
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Technically not a DAW, but Reason is popular for creating electronic music. Check out the demo (runs on Windows & Mac). I use Sonar myself.
 
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I'll definitely have to give Reason a try. I'm figuring out how Ableton works now and I'm starting to really like it. I want to experiment with Cubase as well. 
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To expand a little on my Ableton recommendation. I don't really like Ableton, but when you're talking about live performing it always comes to mind. As a performance tool it's great, but as an actual DAW it's not for me.
 
 
I know a few producers that feel the same way as well. Another one I tried and just didn't like.
 
 
Reason is great. As a matter of fact, any of their products are. 
 
 
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I don't make my own music but I use Apple Logic Pro 9 for mixing / mastering.
(Because I'm a mac user 
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Reason is very good for making music alone but I don't like how it doesn't support plug-ins.. at all.....
It certainly is fun to play with, I really like its GUI.
 
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I've been wanting to try out making electronic music too.  Where's a good point to start?  I tried Fruity Loops once...wasn't a dan...
 
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Does anyone that uses Ableton mix and master within the program or do you use a separate program?
 
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