Yet another software vs hardware. People will use what they like.Not all hardware is analog, and software is not always a cheap option.
I just updated my signature with a track I did with all plugins. Let me know if you think it sounds soft..
Haha! Thanks. This is funny because thats how I danced to the playback.
Before VST even existed it was a common practice to manipulate hardware using software running on a computer, so rather than menu diving on your Roland Alpha Juno 2 you could access every parameter on the computer screen just as you can with a VST, so even prior to the existence of VST the consensus was that software rocks.
As an amateur producer with a home studio, I would have to chose software over hardware because of the following benefits.
- Cost-effective - The price for software (Reason, Ableton Live, Cubase, and other programs) is generally much cheaper than a package of hardware equipment. Granted some hardware can be cheap, e.g midi keyboards, audio interface, synths, but overall the total price of hardware outweighs a software package that includes all the necessary tools to produce music. VSTs are an exception. I've seen some VSTs run up to the $10,000.
- Simplicity and integration - Software provided a integrated system where all the recording, editing, sequencing, and mastering can be completed on the computer. For a producer who makes music as a hobby, it would be time consuming to walk back and forth between devices to make a minor change or edit.
I will start off by saying that i consider myself a nuube to producing.
I used to prefer DAWs because as people say, its cheaper. And when i started producing, it seemed as the natural place to start.
As time passed i bought myself some hardware. A mpc 500, and a Micro Korg Synthesizer. The KORG i bought just now on friday, so i haven't used it for so long. BUT i have to say the sound on the korg is AMAZING! It just what i have been looking for in VST's but NEVER FOUND! Im glad i used 3000 norwegian kr (little less than 400 euro) to get the sound that i wanted, instead of using another year searching through VST's. Time is money u know....
And lets not forget you eliminate the delay thats in midi keyboards...
I'm currently making the switch/transition....Software certainly takes up less space... That said, I can't see myself ever parting w/my nord-lead, EVER! I also don't think I would have been able to 'learn' soft-syths without the tactile experience of its hard-synth counterpart.... Or not as easily anyway.
As much as i love getting a new toy to play with (hardware). Id much rather go with Software! Its cheaper a majority of the time... and packs more of a punch. For Example: Some VST's offer you just as much if not more than what a brand spankin new keyboard can offer.
Not to mention: Less Space, On The Go.
Your Studio Is The World
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