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.
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.
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
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.
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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Originally Posted by synaesthesia
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.
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)
Mixcraft looks good:
Oddly enough blocked by our filters... on our damn-near unfiltered policy.
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.
I've been using musescore successfully. Again free and does transposition etc.