Machinesworking wrote:I wonder if you've ever spent time learning one of the "non specialized" DAWs like Logic, Cubase, Digital Performer, Reaper?Razz CE wrote: and I will probably never switch DAWs because the workflow itself is worth the price of admission for me,
I use other DAWs along with Live specifically because the workflow is slower in Live. At first when you get into Live it's faster, unless you get hung up on something
you speed right along, but after a song is at it's halfway mark, fleshed out but not finished, it slogs down. The lack of key commands for common functions, lack of screen sets and other
"conventional" tools from the DAWs I mentioned starts to make the process of actually finishing a song crawl.
I've spent significant time with a few different DAWs. Studio One Pro 2 and 3, Samplitude Pro X and X2, I spent a little time in FL Studio but ultimately found it too awkward and unintuitive. After I went through a rough patch with S1 I finally gave Cubase a try and I love it. It's for a different purpose though. I do production and sound design in Live. When the beat is done, I export stems to Cubase and record vocals and/or guitar, and do all the in depth mixing and all the finishing touches in Cubase. It works for me.
I used to campaign for comping in Live. I still think it would be really useful to record multiple runs of a midi part, duplicate the clip and swap portions in and out for a really effective and low effort way to add variety to a tune, but since buying Cubase I don't really care much if Live ever adds comping. The way Cubase does comping, and they way its comping interacts with its audio editing view, warping and built in pitch correction, plus track versions (this is huge for me) is just so far beyond anything I could realistically hope Ableton would add to Live. To that extent, I get what you're saying. But for how I use Live, I don't think anything will ever replace it. Especially because of Push 2 and now Capture. These are pretty important to me.
I stand by my statement though. I think Live is fantastic. I wouldn't want to produce in anything else.