I just had a second of crazyness when I began thinking about walzing in here and ask YOU to tell me why i should choose ableton live over other products. However I quickly woke up and remembered how much i hate those types
Anyway, i am a FL Studio user, and currently owns these things:
And probably a few more here and there i don't know.-Refx Nexus
-FLStudio XXL (sytrus etc included)
-DiscoDSP Discovery pro
-Voxengo Marquis Compressor
Anyway, my problem is that i have been feeling lately like i need something new. Or at least something faster! Actually it just occurred to me that i don't like using pattern based sequencing for everything, and hence I'd like to test something else.
The major things i wanted was:
1) uninterrupted creative flow when it happens
2) a good midi note editor
3) a nice way of handling mastering or effect chains
4) it would be cool with a few instruments and some good effects.
My choices fell on Sonar 6 producer edition and Ableton Live!
splitted about the two things:
1) absolutely fullfilled in ableton live, however i feel sonar is quite messy.
2) LIVE seems to fullfill this pretty well. Sonar's seems to be very very powerfull, but then again it looks like its more for things i don't need.
3) I don't enjoy the way sonar does it. I enjoy the way live does it
4) Both might seem to be on that one. But I have to say i am very happy about lives quality.
My conclusion SO FAR is that sonar is created for recording and so on. Eg for making a rock track, and where it might be suitable for that it is not what i want to make. What i want to do is to smack a whole lot of instruments in and get on with the stuff as fast as possible!
So i feel like while LIVE might be used for recording and running that way around (i also felt comfortable recording in live eh), it is much more suitable for electronic music than Sonar is. (not saying it is not suitable for rock and recording multible instruments either, i won't even touch that subject as its none of my interest)
another thing is the way live can handle ideas. I need a place where i can go and smack in what i feel like, and just save it for later uses..
Allright, I got no clue why I decided to write this here (hey maybe my moment of crazyness where not gone), but it might be because i like to check out all edges of a product before purchasing. And when it comes to programming and compilers, the forums are very important places!
My best regards, Daniel Middelhede (maybe upcoming Live user )
edit: forgot to mention that i am on a 64bit vista, but even though the ableton faq say that "it may work to an extent", i would like to say i have had no problems at all so far. And performance wise nothing either (and it seems to take use of the quad core cpu). My buffer latency is set to 5 ms, but i can easily set it to 2 and stuff no problems while playing songs.