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1. CAKEWALK Home Studio 2 ( Windows
$279.99 list($479.00)
2. Cakewalk Sonar 4 Studio Edition
$109.95
3. Blaze Audio Lp and Tape Conversion
$39.99 list($59.99)
4. Pomona Productions Interactive
$259.99 list($529.99)
5. Lexicon Omega Studio USB Audio
$139.95 list($209.00)
6. CAKEWALK Guitar Tracks Pro 3 (
$149.00 list($199.00)
7. Mackie Tracktion 2 Audio Recording
$2,195.00 list($2,495.00)
8. Digidesign MX002 Digi 002
$349.00 list($959.00)
9. Cakewalk Sonar 4 Producer Edition
$99.99 list($79.99)
10. Cakewalk Home Studio 2002
$49.95 list($49.99)
11. PC Music Pack 2003
$299.00 list($429.00)
12. Cakewalk Project5 Version 2 Music
$299.00 list($349.95)
13. M-Audio Pro Tools M-Powered (Mac/Win)
$699.00 list($999.95)
14. Sony Vegas + DVD
$249.99 list($299.99)
15. Steinberg Cubase SL3 Upgrade from
$299.00
16. Adobe FC AUDITION V1.5 WIN CD
$495.99 list($795.00)
17. Mark of the Unicorn Digital Performer
$75.00
18. Digidesign Pro Tools LE 6.4 Software
$499.99 list($549.99)
19. Steinberg Cubase SX3 Upgrade From
$369.00 list($395.00)
20. MOTU Digital Performer 4.5 Competitive

1. CAKEWALK Home Studio 2 ( Windows )
by Cakewalk
list price: $149.00
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Asin: B0002MID3C
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 2511
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

It?s time to take control of the creative process. Now you don?t have to depend on anyone else to get your music recorded. Do it all from your PC with Cakewalk Home Studio. There is no better Windows software available for musicians taking the step into the world of digital recording. Home Studio provides you with everything you need to turn your PC into a powerful multitrack recording studio.With support for real-time DirectX/VST effects, DXi/VSTi software synths, MIDI FX plug-ins, and ACIDized audio loop technology, ReWire and ASIO driver support, Home Studio takes your music farther, faster, and for less money than any comparable software product. Now includes CD burning and ripping! Feature HighlightsRecord unlimited audio and MIDI tracksMix with real-time audio and MIDI effectsPlug and play DXi soft synthsCreate loops fastSupports ACID?-format, MP3, WAV, WMA and MIDI files24 bit / 96 kHz supportMulti-port Drum Grid EditingIncludesVirtual Sound Canvas DXi soft synthDreamStation DXi soft synthACID?-format audio loop libraryPyro 1.5 Express for CD burning and ripping ... Read more

Features

  • Record unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, then mix them with real-time audio and MIDI effects -- in up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio
  • Record your entire band at once, with support for multi-channel audio cards
  • Add a number of DXi soft synths, as easy as plug and play
  • Click and drag to paint drum tracks, with the new pattern brush and Drum Editing Grid tools
  • Use a full set of VST effects & instrument to build your loops, through the includedCakewalk VST Adapter

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars This software program is the best
Hello, I just want to let you know that this Cakewalk Home Studio Version Two is the best software I've ever used.So far I have several Cakewalk programs in my home studio and three Image Line Fruityloops programs, all of them are very good depending on the reference.What's so good about Home Studio Version Two are the extra features that are unlike the original Home Studio 2002: ASIO hardware driver support, Propellerhead ReWire, VST adaptor, reverse effect and others.Put it together with Fruityloops and Reason and you're ready to do crazy stuff!All you have to do is to have a computer that is built only for audio recording/MIDI sequencing: AMD or Intel microprocessor, 256 or 512 MB of memory, two hard disk drives, a motherboard with a stable chipset (Intel; VIA; nVidia), and a Sound Blaster soundcard or any professional audio/MIDI interface hardware.It is good to read the manual (both hard copy and on-line) so you know what you are doing as well as taking your time using the software and to experiment.the possiblities are almost endless!Even though I havn't used the software as much, it is still very good for anyone who can have a good start recording music on th computer and getting down and dirty if you know what I mean!It is more likely the affordable, slightly less-featured version of Cakewalk SONAR 2.x and 3.x Producer Edition.It's available for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP which is great for those who may not want to upgrade to the current operating system, like me; mines are Windows 98 SE and ME.I wanted to give this software four and a half, but there are no halves in between which made me stick to five anyway.This software is the best!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best For Home Recording
This software is simply the best in its price class for home recording. Version 2 is newer than the 2004 version. The main difference is a VST adapter is now included.

I have already recorded several songs with multiple tracks, including MIDI and audio. I have also used the VSC DXi software synthesizer with great results.

I applied effects on several audio tracks. They are very easy to insert and setup. I really like the amp simulator, chorus, flanger, and reverb. Record a guitar, add some effects and you won't believe the difference! And all with no noise.

I recorded from my MIDI keyboard and played my MIDI drum machine and keyboard from MIDI files with ease.

Tutorials and on-line help files are excellent. It also comes with a 75 page getting started manual.

I am using an AMD Athlon system at 750Mhz, 256MB memory, SoundBlaster Live, running Windows XP Home Edition.

I highly recommend this software!

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2. Cakewalk Sonar 4 Studio Edition (Windows)
by Cakewalk
list price: $479.00
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Asin: B000657FRK
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 390
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Product Description

Professional results are within your reach with SONAR 4 Studio Edition. Studio Edition is a special version of SONAR 4 designed for project studios and aspiring professionals. With SONAR Version 4, Cakewalk has added powerful new recording, editing, comping, and navigation tools that optimize workflow for today's professional. And you also get the power and performance of a world class DAW because SONAR 4 Studio Edition is built upon the same core engine and feature set of SONAR 4 Producer Edition. For Windows 2000/XP. New Workflow EnhancementsTrack Folders with editable Composite Clip Loop record into layers or individual tracks Enhanced comping and editing features Loop construction enhancements Freeze tracks, effects, and synths Navigator view Key Bindings enhancements Busable audio metronome JMT Orchestrator Lite MFX plug-in Full control over color schemes with presets Specify which MIDI ports should echo Sysx New Precision Engineering TechnologiesTTS-1 DXi with authentic Roland sounds Configurable meter ballistics Audio engine optimization Support for multiple pan laws Core SONAR FeaturesRecord, edit, arrange and mix unlimited tracks of audio and MIDIDynamic Console viewUniversal Bus Architecture32-Bit floating point audio engineFull plug-in delay compensationPowerful looping tools with Cyclone DXi, ACID loop and MIDI groove clip supportSupport for DirectX audio effects and DXi soft synthsLexicon? Pantheon LE Reverb ... ... Read more

Features

  • Track Folders with the ability to edit the Track Folder Composite Clip
  • Loop record into layers or individual tracks
  • Enhanced comping and editing features: nudge, clip muting, partial-clip muting, auto-crop tool with cross-fade mode, audition selection, isolate
  • Professional Metering (peak, RMS, peak and RMS, pre-fader, post-fader, and pre-fader post effects) with configurable ballistics
  • Key Binding enhancements: presets; templates to mimic keyboard assignments of other DAW programs

3. Blaze Audio Lp and Tape Conversion Software
by Blaze Audio

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Asin: B0002FDICA
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Blaze Audio
Sales Rank: 2475
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Product Description

The LP and Tape to CD Conversion Software Suite is the easiest software package available at any price for converting your valuable records and tapes to audio CDs. This Package includes 4 programs and one set of sound effects. RipEditBurn: Powerful all-in-one wave & MP3 editor, CD ripper & burner, now with Vocal Reducer to reduce or even remove vocals. Record and edit music and MP3s. Includes analog ripping for copy protected CDs and many DSP effects. Record Cleaner: gives you better sound converting records & tapes to CD by eliminating pops, clicks, scratches, power hum, and hiss. Cleans noisy recordings easily and automatically. Power Record: Power Record gives you control over timed recording like an audio VCR. Scheduled, timed, and instant recordings from any source on your PC. Automatic Gain Control eliminates clipping.Wave Breaker: Wave Breaker splits large wave files into tracks easily and automatically. You can configure it to set the level and length of silence. Integrated into RipEditBurn so that the split tracks show up directly in the Editor or CD Burner. Sound Effects Set 1 adds sound power to your computer with 38 megs of sound effects and musical cues. You can set the mood for your presentation without paying any royalties. Our LP and Tape to CD Conversion Software Suite is an integrated set of tools, carefully crafted to be easy to set up and easy to use. ... Read more

Features

  • The LP and Tape to CD Conversion Software Suite is the easiest software package available at any price for converting your valuable records and tapes to audio CDs.
  • RipEditBurn - Powerful all-in-one wave & MP3 editor, CD ripper & burner.
  • Record Cleaner- gives you better sound converting records & tapes to CD by eliminating pops, clicks, scratches, power hum, and hiss. Cleans noisy recordings easily and automatically.
  • Power Record- gives you control over timed recording like an audio VCR. Scheduled, timed, and instant recordings from any source on your PC. Automatic Gain Control eliminates clipping

4. Pomona Productions Interactive Guide to Home Recording
by Pomona Productions
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B0002EOL1S
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Pomona Productions
Sales Rank: 1680
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Product Description

This unique, easy-to-use CD-ROM will get you cutting great-sounding tracks in a hurry. With a combination of informative graphics, CD-quality audio samples and an intuitive user interface, you will be taken step-by-step through the recording process. The focus of the disc is on nuts-and-bolts audio engineering -the kind of knowledge that is essential to making quality recordings, no matter what recording platform you have chosen. Windows or Mac. ... Read more


5. Lexicon Omega Studio USB Audio Interface w/Cubase LE (Mac/Win)
by Lexicon
list price: $529.99
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Asin: B0007UQ570
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Lexicon
Sales Rank: 2390
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Product Description

Nothing is more frustrating than buying a ?recording system,? only to find out that you need a gaggle of extras just to make it all work. Omega Studio is a completely integrated computer recording system that includes the Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O Mixer, Steinberg?s? Cubase LE audio and MIDI recording software, and Lexicon?s world-class Pantheon VST Reverb plug-in. The Omega Desktop Recording Studio quite literally contains all the necessary components to transform your computer into a professional 24-bit recording studio ? all in one box.Unlike standard computer I/O boxes based on a patch bay concept, the Lexicon Omega Studio is designed and built around the same paradigm as large-format recording consoles. An 8-input, 4-Bus, 2-output USB I/O mixer with inserts, instrument input, MIDI I/O and complete metering and monitoring functions gives you the freedom to record up to 4 tracks at once and mix without the need for additional mixing hardware. Two dbx Silver Series? mic preamps with 48V phantom power provide a pristine front end for high-end condenser or more common dynamic microphones, insuring premium sound quality from the first take to the last. TRS insert points allow you to plug in your favorite dynamic processors before the signal reaches one of the 4 busses, where 24-bit converters transform the analog signal into a digital masterpiece.Four servo-balanced TRS line inputs with up to +22dBu input levels let you hook up everything from keyboards to guitar pre... ... Read more

Features

  • 24 Bit Complete Computer Recording System w/Cubase LE
  • Microphone Inputs (2) Female XLR

6. CAKEWALK Guitar Tracks Pro 3 ( Windows )
by Cakewalk
list price: $209.00
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Asin: B0002E3LPK
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 4681
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Product Description

Introducing the all new Guitar Tracks Pro 3?the revolutionary new PC recording software that gives you the freedom to create music anywhere, anytime, without worrying about technology?the freedom to forget about the tools and focus on your music.Guitar Tracks Pro includes everything you need to deliver professional results?no expensive hardware is required. You get a 32-track digital recorder and virtual mixing console; Amplitube LE?a special edition of the leading guitar amp plug-in; high-quality effects; powerful looping tools with full ACID?-loop support; a chromatic-tuner; a metronome; and a complete library of backing tracks.With Guitar Tracks Pro 3 you get the best of both worlds?pro quality production tools and the speed and ease of your old portable multi-track. So start your own revolution with Guitar Tracks Pro 3 and set your music free. Key featuresWhen it's time to take their music to the PC, more guitar players and singer-songwriters rely on Cakewalk music software than anything on the market today. Key features include: Familiar multitrack recorder interfaceRecord and play back up to 32 audio tracksArrange music with point and click easeExtensive audio editing capabilitiesSuperior sonic quality?up to 24-bit/96 kHzRecord your whole band using up to 32 inputs and outputs through multi-channel audio hardware32x8 internal Mixing ConsoleMix and record using up to 32 simultaneous real-time effectsAccurate envelope... ... Read more

Features

  • Dynamic digital sound with support for 24-bit/96 kHz audio(24/96 compatible audio card required)
  • Record your own instruments easily -- just plug in, check your levels and hit the record button
  • Create backing tracks fast, with the support for multiple bass and drum loops
  • Hands-on control of your mix and audio effects -- just plug in a MIDI-compatible control surface, mixer or foot pedal
  • Professional SMPTE/MTC time code generation for syncing up your hard drive to Guitar Tracks Pro

7. Mackie Tracktion 2 Audio Recording Software (Mac/ Win)
by Mackie
list price: $199.00
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Asin: B0009JIIB0
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Mackie
Sales Rank: 847
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Product Description

Tracktion is a revolutionary, easy-to-use music production application that contains everything most people will ever need to professionally record and mix music on a Mac or PC - without all the hassles and limitations of other audio software. Tracktion's hallmark is a clean, single-screen interface and streamlined operation, whether you're recording tracks, MIDI programming, or mixing down songs. It offers rock-solid operation, VST and ReWire support, and very low CPU usage with operating systems ranging from Mac OSX to Windows 2000 and XP. And it contains a whole host of professional features that you can actually use from day one.Developed by programmer Julian Storer and Mackie, Tracktion 2 is a major step forward from the original version, adding more than 100 new features and updates, while still maintaining the core feature set that has made Tracktion a runaway success.A CLEAN SINGLE-SCREEN INTERFACETracktion's single-screen interface is clean and clutter-free. It's all about letting you focus on being productive, so we've gone to great measures to keep the technical stuff out of the way of your creative process. Mind you, technical and setup functions are always within one click of your mouse, but never obstructing the view of your arrangement. See it in detail.ENHANCED MIDI EDITORTracktion 2 features a fully revamped MIDI editor for greater speed and ease of use. Notes can now be entered at a fixed velocity and length regardless of zoom level. ... ... Read more

Features

  • Unlimited track count (Depending on CPU); Support for sample rates up to 192kHz
  • Simple drag-and-drop audio editing; Track freezing for conserving CPU power
  • VST instrument and plug-in support; ReWire? support for use with Reason? software
  • Powerful MIDI programming and editing with step recording; Quicktime? support; built-in sampler
  • MIDI mapping for external controllers; project management features; for Mac OSX, Win2000/XP

8. Digidesign MX002 Digi 002
by Digidesign
list price: $2,495.00
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Asin: B0002D0KL4
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Digidesign
Sales Rank: 6804
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Product Description

The Digi 002 is Digidesign's first FireWire-enabled Pro Tools workstation to include an integrated control surface. Digi 002 offers novices and pros alike hands-on command of any project, easy connectivity via FireWire and integrated I/O, portability, dual mode functionality, and full session compatibility with other Pro Tools systems, from Mbox to Pro Tools|HD. In addition, Digi 002 features a 32-track Pro Tools LE interface based on the same award-winning software used by professionals worldwide. With its spectrum of features and affordable price point, Digi 002 is without peer in the audio production world. The EssentialsDigi 002 is a full-featured studio-in-a-box that works with your Window XP Home or Mac OS9.x computer to give you all you need for superior MIDI and audio production. Comprised of a single unit that includes a comprehensive control surface along with analog, digital, and MIDI I/O, Digi 002 communicates with your computer via a single FireWire cable (included). Pro Tools LE software comprises the final component, offering 32 tracks of record and playback, 128 MIDI tracks, real-time plug-in support, and a host of additional features. From beginning to end, Digi 002 places you in an ideal position to realize any project. EnhancersWhile Digi 002 is fully functional in and of itself, many products are available to increase the scope and performance of your Digi 002-based Pro Tools LE environment. Although many plug-ins are included in the 002 pac... ... Read more

Features

  • Single FireWire/IEEE-1394 cable connection
  • Simultaneously conveys up to 36 streams of digital audio, control surface data, and MIDI data
  • No PCI card needed
  • 8 motorized, touch-sensitive faders
  • 8 rotary encoders

9. Cakewalk Sonar 4 Producer Edition
by Cakewalk
list price: $959.00
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Asin: B00048VDIQ
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 527
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Product Description

SONAR Producer Edition has a well-earned reputation for delivering powerful production tools in a fast, streamlined user interface. With SONAR 4, Cakewalk has added powerful new recording, editing, comping and navigation tools that optimize workflow for today's professional. In addition, version 4 combines innovative surround and AV capabilities along with precise engineering tools.SONAR 4 Producer Edition is the perfect solution for composing, recording, editing, mixing, and remixing music productions; and for providing voice over, score, sound design and post audio for film, TV, video, commercials, and games.With its open support for industry standard technologies and hardware, the scalability of a native processing system, and virtually unlimited software capabilities, SONAR 4 Producer Edition represents the definitive audio production environment on the Windows platform. Producer Edition exclusivesMulti-format surround mixing and editing with over 30 configurations supported (5.1, 7.1, LCRS, etc.).Intuitive surround panner: focus, width, angle, front/rear balance controls, LFE send; speaker muting & soloing; control surface/joystick support.Lexicon? Pantheon? Surround Reverb?get the pristine sound of classic Lexicon Reverbs?for the first time ever in multi-channel environments up to 8.1. Stereo version of Lexicon Pantheon also included.Sonitus Surround Compressor?a professional, nine-channel compressor specifically designed for surro... ... Read more

Features

  • 256 instrument sounds and 9 drum sets
  • Unlimited tracks of audio and MIDI
  • Up to 128-voice polyphony

10. Cakewalk Home Studio 2002
by Cakewalk
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00005NTGJ
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 3405
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Cakewalk Home Studio 2002 frees you from dependence on studios and technicians so you can do your digital recording from your desktop. With support for 24- and 16-bit audio, real-time DirectX effects, DXi software synths, MIDI FX plug-ins, and ACID-format audio loop technology, Home Studio 2002 turns your PC into a multitrack recording studio.

Add a range of audio effects, like Amp Sim Lite, reverb, chorus, delay, flange, and EQ. Create loops fast. Record unlimited audio and MIDI tracks. Mix with real-time audio and MIDI effects. Home Studio lets you work with ACID-format, MP3, WAV, WMA, and MIDI files. You can also import and synchronize AVI video to music projects. This very robust program includes an ACID-format audio loop library as well as free versions of Pyro MP3 and CD Maker (trial version), Virtual Sound Canvas DXi soft synth, and DreamStation DXi soft synth. ... Read more

Reviews (18)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good software
I have a full review below.Just wanted to add something else.

Home Studio XL in Windows 2000 gives annoying little problems that force you to stop your flow (in some cases for as long as 5 minutes when it crashes and you let windows 2000 sort everything out on its own). Every problem in the full review pertains to working in windows 2000.

However, on windows 98, its smooth sailing.I never had a problem with it while working in Windows 98.

5-0 out of 5 stars difficult but outstanding
I purchased this item in spite of the warnings about how difficult it was to learn. It is indeed difficult. The tutorials are detailed, but regretfully silent on some key issues. I had to search the web for solutions to some problems I had in getting it to run on my laptop computer. The solutions simply involved toggling some options in the pull down menus, but I'd never been able to stumble onto the fixes without investing a few hours in searching the web for advice. I still can't get the chorus and reverb options to work on the mixing board. Oh well. Nevertheless, there really isn't anything else like this product -- especially for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful tool, on a budget!
I have read the review above from the guy who says that Cakewalk Home Studio stinks, and cannot disagree more. True, you do have to learn how to master the tool before it will perform optimally, but what's the alternative? You either learn how to do it, or pay someone to do it for you.
As a musical nerd/geek, I use Home Studio a LOT. I have produced my own music as well as that of others, and for the price you simply cannot beat it.
Unless you are a complete weiner, you should be able to figure out how to use the software. Go on, by the software and start recording...You know you want to!

4-0 out of 5 stars For it's price it is a good value
Software sequencing is not as easy as some might think. It takes a bit of getting used to and reading up on midi, recording audio and mixing. All of this is available on the interent for free and for a person new to home studios it is an excellent supplement for ANY sequencing software.

One area where Cakewalk and other "linear" sequencers create difficulty is when comparing to audio based programs like Acid. It doesn't get much easier than Acid....until you want control that enables you to add your own sounds while playing in which case you'll need the Pro version which while more capable is still not meant for using with midi in any significant way.

Home Studio 2002 is an outstanding bargain. You get a couple of direct x synthesizers aka DXi. They are simple but effective enough to get the user started in software synthesis. Partiuclarly Dreamstation is useful for analog style timbres and the Virtual Sound Canvas is acceptable for traditonal sounds that will play standard midi files.

The audio system is dead simple and requires about an hour to get help through the Cakewalk bulletin board or several other music related sites. Cakewalk's manuals are drab but have the information necessary to get you started. Third party books are common for software. They cut to the chase and do not have to spend the laborious time explaining the entire program. They get you going and then you continue learning with a decent knowledge of the application you are using.

Feature wise you get 80% of the much more expensive Sonar program which adds a beat slicing and sequencing DXi, Rewire capability (for programs that can be synchronized in sample perfect time, some include Reason, ReBirth and Abelton LIVE) and several direct x effects. It's ability to use Acid loops and to save loops to the format makes it especially good for remixers and for those projects that needed a bit more instrumentation but survive as audio tracks. In terms of value for money this is an incredible deal.

There are a couple of contenders but they are nowhere near the capability of Cakewalk Home Studio 2002 which is good enough to create professional tracks.

Considering the professional quality plugins available for instruments and sound/effects processing nothing at this price point is close. Maybe the price of so much flexibility is a little extra work but that becomes a question of whether you need to work immediately or can take a day or two to master the most important aspects of the program so you can lay down tracks and midi takes.

Pass on Cakewalk Home Studio if you are looking for instant gratification. Buy it if you want a taste of the pro-studio at a fraction of the cost.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Starting point and Worthwhile Upgrade
Man Cakewalk Home Studio 2002 comes up strong!

Home Studio XL heads up:
If you're looking to purchase HS XL because of the DR-008SE (by FXpansion, then I suggest you don't.The DR-008SE is extremely buggy, and frequently (as in everyday) crashes and brings HS down with it.
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It's a terrible nuisance!Absolutely horrific that such software was packaged and sold.I think it was just an incentive to get people to buy the pro or full version- the DR-008.Also, if you've used the DR-08SE in a project, it always says that it cant find the audio file and you have to listen to this for EVERY wave file that is used by the DR-008SE.It doesn't take long to get sick of this.FXpansion offered no solution to this when i posted it on there message board back in November.
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Home Studio � for the Upgrading user
Awesome.I upgraded after being an expert with HS 7 (toot-toot).I think the new features I use the most are the Envelope which let you �draw� how certain parameters change over time, like volume (It�s a vast improvement over recording the parameter changes into the track as in HS 7), audio exporting, like to .wma, .wav, and .rm.In HomeStudio XL, you can export a limited number of .mp3 files with this trial software.Also, augmented in this version (at least from an ex-HS 7 user�s perspective) is the fine-grain time.A note used to have 120 places within a meter where it could be placed.Now it has (wait let me check�) 960!Funny, thing is, I�m so used to 120, that is difficult to get calibrated to 960 when reading the note start times.Ah, but HS is a sympathetic app and allows you to choose how fine you want the time to be.The gamut is from 120 � 960.I�ve been working with 360 lately. One of my favorite new features is Groove-Clip looping.With it, you can take any piece of audio (either recorded or imported into your project/song) and delimit it using a window that makes the audio part you�re looking for pretty easy to find.You adjust the beginning and the end of what you want looped over and over again in a non destructive manner until you�re sure you�ve gotten it (you can play the delimited audio from within the window to test your loop).Once you�re happy with it, you then lop off all the audio outside of what you want and what�s left is called your Groove-Clip.With your groove-clip all set up, you can extend or contract [by dragging] it in either direction (right or left) and it is looped over and over for the distance you finalized it at.MAGNIFICANT!! I use it for guitar parts that luckily come out right.The absolutely most used feature is something called, (um hold on a sec�) slip editing on MIDI clips.This allows you to silence notes without having to change there velocities to 1 or delete them.This is an INVALUABLE, and a Welcomed augmentation.
For some reason, they moved Normalize Audio, and 3db louder and quieter operations off of the context menu for audio and kept it in the Edit->Audio menu section.

Home Studio for the New User
I have to assert that this is an excellent program for learning to compose with. It comes with tutorials that will get you up and running fast.The online help is very good too.I can�t say that there has been an instance where I couldn�t find what I wanted (not many anyway - I can say with certainty).Its user interface is so easy and it looks nice.You can mark parts of you�re song such as "Guitar Solo" or something) and navigate them quickly in 2 different ways.One takes you there immediately while the other steps you through marker by marker from where ever you start.Recording is like a 2 (setup and record) step process, which is good seeing as how you�ll be rerecording a lot.Recording can be stepped up and specialized at the cost of maybe 2-4 more steps that you only do 1 time for each Different time period of the song you try to record in.Most often I use punch-in recording when specialized recording is required.This allows recording only during a time period you set.You can also set whether to record over existing notes or in addition to them.
There is non-destructive editing of both audio and MIDI clips (clips are sections of notes or audio).You can import audio, export audio, and add effects to midi and audio tracks like a distortion to audio tracks that sound good.

My only qualms
1-Sometimes Home Studio will playback at some awfully fast rate.Like if you recorded with the tempo at 100 bpm, then playback might be at like 600bpm.It�s a pain in the neck when that starts happening.I think that only happens when the sound card is �tired�, so you should probably give it rest then.
2-To get someone on the phone at tech support takes a long time.A LONG time.However, the person I dealt with was pleasant and put an honest effort into helping solve the problem with the Dr-008se.

This review is probably a bit too long, so I�ll end it now.I highly recommend Home Studio or Home Studio XL.And when you buy yours, be sure to register it, so you can get spectacular deals from Cakewalk that not even auctions can rival � seriously!Once you use it, you�ll want to use it exclusively.I�ve tried Cubasis after knowing HS and it was an unpleasant experience.The only other software I would use instead of Home Studio is Sonar.But Home Studio gives me everything I need to put songs together. ... Read more


11. PC Music Pack 2003
by Cakewalk
list price: $49.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006F7U0
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 4997
Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

PC Music Pack includes everything you need to connect a MIDI instrument to your PC and start making music. Record digital audio tracks, or add vocals, guitars, or any other instrument to your music. The included Music Creator software lets you quickly edit, mix, and save your music--even export audio to create your own MP3s and audio CDs. It's easy to use the keyboard or other MIDI-compatible instrument to record. Simply plug into your computer using the enclosed PC-MIDI adapter and start playing.

PC Music Pack includes Music Creator software and the PC-MIDI adapter. With Music Creator 2003, simply connect any instrument to your PC and record audio and MIDI tracks using instruments, vocals, or audio loops. You can also write music for CDs, sheet music, home videos, and the Internet. Intuitive point-and-click tools make it a snap to quickly edit, arrange, and mix your music with professional-sounding effects and great synth sounds. When you're done, share your music with family and friends: burn it on CD with the included Pyro Express CD Maker, print out sheet music, or create MP3s or Windows Media files to distribute your music on the Internet. ... Read more

Features

  • Turns your PC into a recording studio
  • Includes PC MIDI adapter cable
  • Easy editing
  • Export audio for CDs or MP3s

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars can't tell
This program Came with a cable that ws defective. I had to return it. ... Read more


12. Cakewalk Project5 Version 2 Music Creation Software (Windows)
by Cakewalk
list price: $429.00
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Asin: B00097ALKS
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Cakewalk
Sales Rank: 8481
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Product Description

Project5 is simply everything you need to create and perform today's music.  Straight out of the box, you get a complete set of superb quality instruments and effects; powerful recording, looping, sequencing, and arranging; dynamic creation tools; and the ultimate open synth host. Project5 Version 2 has been streamlined to put the features you need most?and larger than life sounds?easily in view and right at your fingertips. Project5 delivers the solid real-time performance, stability, and ease of use of traditional hardware music workstations?but, with the additional power, flexibility, and portability of PC software.And Project5 is expandable?you have the freedom to use hundreds of DirectX and VST plug-ins and instruments, and industry standard sample formats. Now as both a ReWire Host and Client, there are even more possibilities to expand Project5 and extend your music world.Bring your inspiration to life, whenever and wherever the passion strikes, with Project5 Version 2. Dimension?Access sophisticated, world-class sounds with this feature-rich, multi-mode sampling synthesizer. A robust instrument featuring a versatile engine, graphical modulation section, and internal effects stages. Mix and layer rich tones using up to four voices from quality stereo samples, wave guide synthesis, and analog style synthesis. Includes over 3 gigabytes of professional content: an extensive array of acoustic, electric, and electronic instruments, loops, sound effect... ... Read more

Features

  • Everything needed to create/perform today's music
  • Use hundreds of DXi/VST plug-ins and instruments
  • Reads most common sample formats
  • Flexible, open system with optimized performance
  • Use as recording studio or live performance tool

13. M-Audio Pro Tools M-Powered (Mac/Win)
by M-Audio
list price: $349.95
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Asin: B0009DS136
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: M-Audio
Sales Rank: 1007
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Product Description

Pro Tools M-Powered is an exciting new version of Digidesign??s award-winning Pro Tools software created specifically to work with select M-Audio hardware interfaces. This groundbreaking combination for Windows XP and Mac OS X lets you customize the compact mobile multi-channel studio of your dreams, while providing session compatibility with countless Pro Tools-equipped project and professional studios around the world. As easy to use as it is powerful, Pro Tools M-Powered software includes many of the same features that top studios rely on to produce Grammy?-winning albums and Academy Award?-winning film sound. Together, M-Audio hardware and Pro Tools M-Powered software deliver the seamless workflow of moving sessions between home, studio, stage and road. Produce with the Industry Standard?Anywhere, Anytim eThe combination of M-Audio gear and Pro Tools M-Powered lets you work anywhere, anytime with the industry standard in music production software. You can open sessions created in Pro Tools M-Powered software with any Windows XP- or Mac OS X-based Digidesign Pro Tools TDM or LE system, giving you unprecedented production options for your music. Seamlessly collaborate with other musicians using Pro Tools M-Powered or Pro Tools LE systems. Easily take your projects to a Pro Tools|HD-equipped recording studio to have it mixed by a pro. Or take your pro studio projects home or on the road with you?even use them as backing tracks on stage. With Pro Tools M-Powered, ow... ... Read more

Features

  • World-famous program now supports select M-Audio hardware
  • Combines industry-standard audio with revised MIDI capability
  • Sessions compatible with all other Pro Tools versions
  • Compatible with tons of plug-ins and virtual instruments
  • Ships with over 30 high-quality audio effects

14. Sony Vegas + DVD
by Sony
list price: $999.95
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Asin: B0002IJF6U
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 7915
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Vegas+DVD Production Suite is a powerful set of three programs that seamlessly edits video and audio, produces 5.1 surround mixes, encodes to Dolby Digital AC-3 file formats and authors DVDs. From short-form videos to widescreen 5.1 DVDs, Vegas+DVD software provides comprehensive video, audio, and DVD production features for the professional media producer. Includes:Vegas 5 software,DVD Architect 2 software,Digital AC-3 Encoding software. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes Vegas 4.0, DVD Architect, and Dolby Digital AC-3 Encoder
  • Import markers from Vegas as chapter points in DVD Architect
  • Encode 5.1 surround or stereo soundtracks in Vegas 4.0 using Sonic Foundry's Dolby tested and certified AC-3 encoder
  • Build professional menu-based DVDs using backgrounds, buttons, text, and effects
  • Create personalized music compilations that display text and images when playing back

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars look for version 6 now out
Excellent software, very stable.Version 6 is now out, on the +DVD side, it's now version 3.The newer version fixes my only quibble with the software, it adds support for project playlists so you can put your video on the DVD and do scene selection menus without copying it on again. ... Read more


15. Steinberg Cubase SL3 Upgrade from Cubase LE (Mac/Win)
by Steinberg
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B0009TD5YU
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Steinberg
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Product Description

Cubase SL3 takes music production to a new level by adding more than 50 new features including powerful Audio Warp Realtime Timestretching, an intuitive Play Order Track, new user-definable workspaces, an improved and expanded track inspector plus many new editing functions. For the first time, a native music production system combines full-featured audio and MIDI recording and editing, virtual instruments and powerful audio mixing with the added flexibility of loop- and pattern-based arranging and mixing. In addition, Cubase SL3 offers the same, outstanding audio quality and full-featured MIDI recording and editing found in Cubase SX3 at an exceptionally low price.Top-10 new features of Cubase SL3Audio Warp: Realtime Time Stretching and Pitch Shifting offer extensive new audio editing and processing capabilities, including ACID File support: loops automatically adopt a project's tempo; audio files can follow tempo changes in realtime. Intuitive Play Order Track for pattern-based arranging adds a new level of creative music editing. Divide your song into sections, and then re-arrange it on the fly. Compare alternative versions of your song and then convert them back into a linear form for mixdown and mastering. User-definable Workspaces (window layouts) help organizing your desktop. Create and save a separate workspace for each step of the production process. Switch Workspaces on the fly, as if working on multiple computers or monitors. Exten... ... Read more

Features

  • Full-featured MIDI/Audio recording & editing at an exceptionally low price.
  • Realtime Time Audio Stretching & Pitch Shifting. ACID File support. Loops follow tempo in realtime.
  • Intuitive Play Order Track for creative pattern-based arranging and retriggering on the fly!
  • Audio Pre Record is always ready to capture great ideas; buffers up to 10 minutes at a time
  • New part-based Volume Envelopes; VSTi freezing; extended track inspector

16. Adobe FC AUDITION V1.5 WIN CD ( 22011060 )
by Adobe Systems
list price: $299.00
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Asin: B00021XHSE
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe Systems
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Features

  • Professional audio editing environment
  • Audio mixing, editing, and effects processing
  • Record, edit, and mix
  • Processes 32-bit files
  • Sample rate up to 10MHz

17. Mark of the Unicorn Digital Performer MAC
by Mark of the Unicorn
list price: $795.00
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Asin: B0002VKQCO
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Mark of the Unicorn
Sales Rank: 14276
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Product Description

Digital Performer is an integrated digital audio and MIDI sequencing production system. It provides a comprehensive environment for editing, arranging, mixing, processing and mastering multitrack audio projects for a wide variety of applications. ... Read more


18. Digidesign Pro Tools LE 6.4 Software Upgrade, Macintosh CD*
by Digidesign
list price: $75.00
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Asin: B0002GLHFY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Digidesign
Sales Rank: 11802
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Product Description

Save BIG when you buy today! ... Read more


19. Steinberg Cubase SX3 Upgrade From Cubase LE (Mac / Win)
by Steinberg
list price: $549.99
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Asin: B0009T6GP0
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: Steinberg
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Product Description

Cubase SX3 takes music production to a new level by adding more than 70 new features including powerful Audio Warp Realtime Timestretching, an intuitive Play Order Track, convenient Inplace Editing and many new editing functions. For the first time, a native music production system combines full-featured audio and MIDI recording and editing, virtual instruments and powerful audio mixing with the added flexibility of loop- and pattern-based arranging and mixing. Cubase SX3 supports Windows XP and Mac OSX and works with a multitude of audio interfaces. Add to that the seamless integration of external audio and MIDI hardware, and Cubase SX3 redefines music production technology.Top-10 new features of Cubase SX3 Audio Warp: Realtime Time Stretching and Pitch Shifting offer extensive new audio editing and processing capabilities, including ACID File support: loops automatically adopt a project's tempo; audio files can follow tempo changes in realtime. Intuitive Play Order Track for pattern-based arranging adds a new level of creative music editing. Divide your song into sections, and then re-arrange it on the fly. Compare alternative versions of your song and then convert them back into a linear form for mixdown and mastering. New Inplace Editor supports ultra-fast direct MIDI event editing from within the project page. Edit MIDI events in context with audio or video. New MIDI Device Maps / Panels support direct access to external MIDI hardware wi... ... Read more

Features

  • Audio/MIDI Sequencing features Realtime Time Stretching and Pitch Shifting with Audio Warp
  • ACID File support; audio files follow tempo changes in realtime; extensive on and off line audio editing
  • Play Order Track for pattern-based arranging; retrigger preset sections on the fly for "remixing"
  • User definable workspaces; switch workspaces on the fly; total recall of hardware mixers/surfaces
  • External FX treat hardware FX like VST plugs; part based volume envelopes; improved freeze function

20. MOTU Digital Performer 4.5 Competitive Upgrade (Mac)
by MOTU
list price: $395.00
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Asin: B0006A9M3A
Catlog: Musical Instruments
Manufacturer: MOTU
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Product Description

Digital Performer 4.5 is packed full of new features and enhancements that you'll take advantage of every day. From the Consolidated Window, which organizes your computer screen, to the amazing Beat Detection Engine?, which performs rhythmic miracles on the feel and tempo of your audio tracks, you'll wonder how you ever got along without them. Beat Detection EngineDigital Performer's new Beat Detection Engine? and tempo analysis features give you unprecedented rhythmic and tempo control over your audio, further blurring the line between audio and MIDI data in the most cohesive audio sequencing environment ever devised.Employing sophisticated transient detection technology, the Beat Detection Engine analyzes audio loops and audio files that contain rhythmic music to determine where the beats are in the music. Importing Apple Loops, REX files, ACID WAV's and other audio material is just the beginning: as soon as you import them, or record audio tracks, the Beat Detection Engine goes to work. Audio immediately conforms to the tempo of your project and you can then begin applying a wide array of beat- and tempo- related features, such as: Align any audio to the tempo of your projectEven if the loop you just imported doesn't have embedded tempo information, Digital Performer can immediately snap it to the tempo of your project. But what about lengthy audio files? How do you get them to match your project's tempo? With the Beat Detection Engine, it's easy. Just d... ... Read more


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