Okay, so believe it or not, but I’m actually going to dig deep into learning a daw now.
Without getting too much into reasons why, let’s just say I’m in the state where I’ve made up my mind to give this my most serious effort ever. I’m picking between three, and my need is just the keyboard (my Extra Deluge MFG) and the computer. For everything. Including mix and master. I won’t go for Ableton, because it’s too close to my old workflow and I want to try something new now.
So I’m looking at Logic, Reason or Luna. I’ve given all three a brief go, but would love your opinions before I commit. I’ve browsed them all, but these three caught my attention the most.
Logic - the workflow makes total sense to me, and I’ve quickly learned how to put something together in it. The sounds I get out of it sound good and I’m totally into the linearity of it. It is perhaps not so much of a sample manipulator, at least not on its own, and I do enjoy tweaking my samples. So it does seem more like a classic workstation thing, which I’m not entirely sure I’ll enjoy in the long run. Ironically, this might be because why I’m already sort of gelling with it. But I wonder if the more experimental part of me would miss that sample sound design part of it.
Luna - the fact that it focuses on the recording and song writing, fits me perfectly, and has such a strong tendency towards the finished product. Also great. It would require a stronger reliance on external gear for me, which I don’t want right now, but its approach is spot on. I do wonder if it’s too limited in terms of onboard instruments, though, since I only want to use my keyboard as external hardware.
Reason - put simply, if I had time, space and money, I’d probably build a studio that works like Reason. With less gear, perhaps, but it would work like Reason. Having said that, I’m still scratching my head, thinking “Where does this go? And how do I get this to work?” Which seems to be the case in many studios I’ve visited though, as if the engineer showed up for the first time as well.