I’ve been using Acid Pro, samples, plugins, etc for ages but I’m now seriously thinking of going “hardware” (much more fun!). Thought about getting a basic mixer but I need more flexible routing and control (MIDI/Audio), and someone recommended the Presonus Firestudio. It looks like it’s the sort of thing I need, so maybe someone who’s reading this has used one? I think it’s around £500 and seems to be worth it – it includes loads of plugins and comes with Cubase 4 LE, Reason Adapted, and loads of other stuff. I’ve already got a computer so it might be the complete package – it got a great review in MTM too! There’s an offer on at the moment where you get a rebate on the MSR remote control for the Firestudio….
Anyone else used one of these? If you have or can offer some advice, please let me know….It’s a big outlay so I want to get it right!
Is there more satisfaction and enjoyment to be had from recording with hardware and outboard equipment, rather than the latest plugins and softsynths? Are professional musicians and engineers drifting away from all things soft and going back in time?
I’ve noticed that a lot of magazine tutorials, youtube videos, and general features on recording (bands, engineers etc) lean more towards recording with hardware rather than soft synths, outboard effects rather than plugins. The people in question spend ages patching things together and twiddling knobs to get the required sound.
I’ve read many times in various music/music tech mags and forums that you can’t write a tune on a computer. I’ve always this was rubbish, especially as there are so many great compositional tools out there. I’m beginning to think it’s true because there’s just so much that gets in the way when you’re on a computer – which softsynth to use, record midi or audio, the list goes on….I’m sure I had more fun and was more creative when I had my Jen SX1000, cheap drum machine, and recorded everything on to tape.