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    Music software.

    Right, this has probably been done to death but we're in a bit of a fix currently.

    We *urgently* need a replacement for Cubase 4 LE which no longer works properly in win7 - if it's 64bitness or mandatory profiles we don't know.

    Requirements:
    Must NOT be anything by Steinberg, who frankly I wouldn't trust to code me a program that outputs "Hello, world". There's not an intelligent person among them.
    8 track sequencing/mixing
    Midi and microphone input
    VST plugin type thingy or whatever it is that makes multiple instruments work.

    Cubase covered that alright. LMMS looks like someones thrown an "interface" at a 1990's modtracker.
    We got our hopes up with Audition but typically for Adobe, it's not part of CS5.

    Little to no budget.

    Any help would be gratefully received.

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    You'll struggle to find any cheap audio apps which don't look like LMMS. I personally like Reason Reason - Complete music making, music production and recording studio software - Propellerhead

    No VST plugin support but tbh you don't need it as everything is built in (will save you a fortune in time and money in the long run). Comes with a few synths, samplers, drum machines, every effect you are likely to use in a school including guitar amp modelling and an auto-tune for vocals. Brilliant mixer and sequencing.

    Only other option I can think of is Reaper which looks really good for the money ($60) REAPER | Audio Production Without Limits
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    Mulab from mutools. I was a beta tester for its forerunner (Luna) a couple of years ago.
    Furthermore, it doesn't need to be installed. It can run standalone.
    There's a free version: http://www.mutools.com/info/docs/mul...-versions.html


    I don't use Windows any more, so I run Qtractor on Linux, but Mulab looks nice.
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    This is one to watch out for. From some of the makers of Ableton Bitwig | Bitwig Studio

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    Quote Originally Posted by j17sparky View Post
    This is one to watch out for. From some of the makers of Ableton Bitwig | Bitwig Studio
    This is for Linux too, so I'm keen to see this. It's been a long time coming. I signed up for Beta months ago, but I haven't heard a peep since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    We got our hopes up with Audition but typically for Adobe, it's not part of CS5. Little to no budget.
    Reaper?

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    Have asked all these folks for pricing as of last night.
    our Head of Music is really taken with Mulab though - ticks all the boxes apart from video insertion (but what the hell is that doing in music software anyway?)
    Giving the free version a go and may well end up paying for that, looks very good value for money.

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    My old school used FLStudio, but that was back in the cc3/xp days.
    Here we use Cubase 6.5 which the only problem we have is that shutting the program down takes between 2 and 5 minutes.
    (it's suggested to use the 32 bit version, and we also use reason, and the reason re-wire is 32 bit only)

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    Mixcraft looks good:

    Mixcraft 6

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    Oddly enough blocked by our filters... on our damn-near unfiltered policy.

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    It has been years since I last messed around with this, but it's still developed and the music program at my last district seemed to love it.

    Free Music Notation Software | Finale NotePad

    They're got a free version available for download and it says Win7 x64 compatible.

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    I've been using musescore successfully. Again free and does transposition etc.

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