Looking for a Free DAW

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  1. jimjimjim

    jimjimjim oldskool

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    Hi,
    Reason user so ive never used VST plugins.
    I keep hearing about how cool they are - so i guess i need a DAW to open them.
    Any ideas for a free DAW that i can check out all these VST plugins with?
    thanks
     
  2. MrWoggles

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    Dunno how easy it would be to find a decent one completely free but i'd personally suggest either FL or Reaper. FL is cheap and you get free life-time updates (awesome). Reaper is just cheap and i've heard very good things about it.
     
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    There's Renoise too if you can handle composing with a tracker as opposed to a sequencer.

    You could rewire renoise to reason and use the vsts that way.

    The only limitations are you cannot bounce audio.

    Renoise

    Reaper gets my thumbs up too :2thumbs:
     
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    jimjimjim oldskool

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    thanks for that -:D
     
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    jimjimjim oldskool

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    yeah its sounding good to me - can trial it for 30 days and its only $60.
    shweet.
     
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    Get a demo version of something that doesn't run out; like the new FL8?
     
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    google for "vsthost", afaik its freeware. There u can insert a vsti synth for example and look how it sounds. U dont have to buy a hole DAW.
     
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    jimjimjim oldskool

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    i only want to be able to check out VST plugin's - can i do that with vsthost?
    thanks
     
  10. luzil

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    u can load vsti = vst instrument (synth) into it and play it, if u want to try a vst fx, there is a winamp DSP plugin vsthost that u could test.
     
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    its quite a good DAW...

    with a bit of work in the coming years
    it could develope into a really amazing
    DAW on par with CUbase Logic or Protools...
     
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    jimjimjim oldskool

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    oh LOLs - someone gave me a copy of ableton live and could i get this VST plugin to load.... no.

    will download reaper tonight - dont like the look of ableton :rinsed:
     
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    ableton is only DAW u can change the whole GUI color in settings ;) u have to set up the vst file path to tell abl where ur .dll r, then u can load it from plugin browser.
     
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    jimjimjim oldskool

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    Hi Luzil,
    yeah im pretty sure i did that - pointed to this plugin folder but it didnt come up with anything.
    Maybe its the plugin itself? I got it off computer music magazine - it was a drum sequencer that sounded cool.
    will have another go tonight - dont forget ive only been using Live for like an hour :)
    :smash: - me smashing my computer !