While powerful, multi-track audio recording and editing software suites for Windows such as Sony ACID Pro, Cakewalk SONAR, and Adobe Audition, I run into the same latency timing problems. SONAR is the worst of these, and is highly unstable, and its' audio engine often drops out and distorts everything, and has the worst timing issues. Sony ACID Pro i've found to be the least problematic, as it has only minor timing issues.
After I have completed my bachelors' degree, I will definitely look to purchasing a Mac Pro for these kinds of things, as Logic Studio is the most refined, reliable program for audio production I have ever worked with. See, because all Mac hardware is proprietary, it is very easy for the developers to program software like Logic Studio and Garage Band to be able to run on almost any Apple computer, even with Macs up to 5-6 years of age, while keeping the performance great, because the software recognizes what exact model it's running on, and automatically makes up for latency issues.
Software for PC's do NOT do this. You must have a high-end card and a dual-core processor (if not quad) to record and edit multiple tracks optimally, otherwise your PC will become very easily overwhelmed. My current 3GHz Pentium 4, 2GB DDR400 build is no exception.
I've heard from some that Linux software runs a lot better, and takes better advantage and does in fact, optimize itself for less powerful machines. I was wondering if this was true, and if not, just if that the overall performance of the Linux audio software suites was better. If that is the case, I will look to adopt Ubuntu as the operating system I will use for production.
If so, I was wondering what I should pick. I am highly experienced with software like Pro Tools, Sony ACID, SONAR, etc. and want as advanced an editor that I can get.
- Ardour, a multi-track audio recorder.
- Audacity, audio editor.
- Baudline, signal analyzer.
- Buzztard, music composer.
- Ecasound, audio recorder.
- Freecycle, beat slicer.
- Gnome Wave Cleaner, denoise, dehiss and amplify.
- JAMin, JACK Audio Mastering interface.
- Jokosher, audio editor.
- LinuxSampler, sampler.
- LMMS, music composer
- mhWaveEdit, audio editor.
- Mp3gain, adjust MP3 playback volume without re-encoding.
- Mp3splt, splits MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files without re-encoding.
- MusE, MIDI sequencer (not to be confused with MuSE).
- NoteEdit, score writer.
- Renoise, modern tracker-style sequencer.
- ReZound, audio editor.
- Qtractor, a full featured multi-track audio and MIDI workstation.
- Rosegarden, MIDI sequencer.
- Seq24, a loop based midi sequencer.
- Snd, audio editor.
- Sweep, audio editor.
- Timemachine, small JACK buffer capture tool.
- Traverso DAW, a multi-track audio recorder.
Out of all of these, what is best suited for ME? Again, multitrack composition is the goal, so i'm guessing Traverso DAW, Ardour, Qtractor? Is there anything else that I should look for? And out of the three I just named, which is the most advanced, which has the best performance, and which do you think I should use? (remember, for UBUNTU).