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Hello Composers !!! hope u all r doing well,,, and happy new year to all !!!! :)

well, i want to know what do you think is the best DAW for mixing music ? I work in Nuendo 4,,but not satisfied with its mixing features...I think i shud import all tracks in another gud daw for mixing music....... Should i switch to another DAW for mixing and mastering ?? 

What is the best DAW (for windows) that is :-

1. easy to handle

2. able to give best audio qiality

3. having best presets of reverb, echo, compressor etc

Would anyone like to guide me ??? Thank u very much in advance..

God bless all !!! :) 

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1. easy to handle

It depends, but for mixing and mastering i think that Reaper is the best... Because you have so much possibilities with the routing... And you have awesom features (eg. a snapshot window, download the SWS extensions and a nice theme for mixing, for example Imperial: http://www.houseofwhitetie.com/reaper/imperial/wt_imperial.html ).

2. able to give best audio quality

It's exactly the same for all the DAWs. A DAW can't sound better thant another one.

3. having best presets of reverb, echo, compressor etc.

Nuendo has great plugins, DP and Sonar too. Reaper has less plugins but they are very good (even if the reverb isn't that nice). But it's so cheap that you still have money to buy your own plugins...

they can sound different, based on their sound engine. propably not a huge difference, but in theory they could sound different, because of flaws in their sound engine.


Bernard Duc said:

2. able to give best audio quality

It's exactly the same for all the DAWs. A DAW can't sound better thant another one.

I suggest you check out the 30 day demo for Presonus Studio One.

http://studioone.presonus.com/

It's relatively new but it does have a lot of workflow enhancements like being able to drag and drop effects on to tracks that in some respects put it ahead of the more established DAWS such as Cubase. I use Cubase myself, but that's mostly out of many years of habit and familiarity.

In Reaper you can more or less all drag and drop, also effects, but I know some people that are very pleased with Studio One, so you should check it.

I don't know how the other DAW process audio but Reaper uses only 64 bit floating point processing, and if you have a track at +30 dBFS it doesn't have any impact on the sound if at the finale output doesn't exceed 0 dBFS. So, inside the DAW there is no problem, but the problem is when the signal has to pass through the I/O converters. It's important to understand what means dBu, dBFS, dB RMS etc... But I agree with you, the skills are more important than the DAW, and a good sound engineer can obtain a professional sound with any DAW.

DAWs are DAWs 

What comes out is dependent on what you put in. They will all record a pretty good image of the files you are mixing.

Far more important are things like, input levels not being too hot. Digital recording and playback is truly unforgiving in that respect and because of the extremely low noise floor there is no need for peaking meters. Getting back to the "what you put in" thing. If the musical instruments vsti or otherwise are of poor quality, no amount of fx processing will save them.

Have fun,

oh !! m very happy to get these reply from u my dear composers and engineers....thank you very much :)

ok, let me ask you now about the main plugins used for mixing and mastering.... thain main and best plugins and their makers.......... there r many makers as u know like ik-multimedia, steinberg etc............ could anyone please suggest me best plugins for mixing and mastering individually ???? thank u all :) will b expecting for your informative replies.......

For mixing I tend to use a only basic EQ for sound shaping and right now that's usually one called Spline EQ because I like the fact that it's very easy to visualise what an individual sound is doing with it. The other bonus is that it's really cheap!:
http://photosounder.com/splineeq/

If I'm mixing an orchestral piece (using sample libraries) like to use this one as well for instrument placement ER's and diffusion:

http://www.parallax-audio.com/

For mastering I tend to stick to Ozone 5, although I've started to get into the habit of using the modules individually and tweaking a lot:

http://izotope.com/products/audio/ozone/

I use sonar. When I open one of my older pieces, which I did in an older version of sonar, I shudder at how bad it is. I wonder if it's worth salvaging. then I start working (and working and working) and, behold, it starts to sound better. Point? there are many great products out there, but you will only produce something good if you are prepared to work your derriere off. Use what you have, upgrade if necessary, and add plug-ins as needed. don't keep searching for the magic bullet that will, in essence mix and master your music for you. All the good DAW's have a wealth of features that will allow you to do it yourself, but you have to do it.

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