Anyone using this and managed to install it over a network?
Considering purchasing this, will probably have to purchase usb licence keys to make sure it will run after a rebuild but I don't want to manually fiddle with it to get it to work. It extracts multiple MSIs as part of the install but I can't find any documentation on it.
Or is anyone else using something similar to Sequel that they could recommend? Just looking for an easy to use sequencer with some decent built in sounds, ability to record audio tracks, basic midi editing all with a simple-ish GUI.
We found this software wasn't suitable as you can't load in a video track to sync with audio, other than that it looked perfect. Currently waiting for one copy of this:
Cakewalk SONAR Home Studio 7 - Home Studio 7 XL
...to turn up and hopefully will be using this instead.
I did speak to Steinberg in Germany about network support / installation. They aren't interested.
Someone at Cakewalk actually acknowledged that people are using Sonar on a network with no problems although they do not offer a network install route. I was told that if you place it in an image it works with no problems though.
and just uses the "/qb-" option to do a silent install, all of which seems to work fine.
Dead simply answer don't buy it. We bought sequel 2 about 12 months ago and it nothing but trouble were do I start:
Midi and Audio drives don't work ,we use Keyrig 49 that seem to work on everything but the latency on sequel is dreadful.
licences are done online with individual auth codes that come with the disk ,each machine must be registered and the the auth code expires.For reinstall you must request new codes.We ghosted each machine just incase and another code is need for "extra free" sound files
drag and drop midi does not work. default location for files must be change on every login.
Tech support is rubbish ,had lots of problems got in touch and they have never resolved a single issue.
After throwing a few grand at this, the current music teacher has given it up and we are currently trying various replacements .
Last edited by rsenior; 6th July 2010 at 06:53 PM.
You'll probably have more luck waiting for the features you need to be available in cloud services rather than wait for companies like Steinberg to make their software more portable.
This Aviary's Music Creator - roc looks pretty good, and services like this should develop fairly quickly as it's (allegedly) easy to write high level code around something like Flex to do audio and video functions through a browser - obviously with a large performance hit but it should actually be reliable.
Well it didn't arrive in time to setup in the summer. I've had it since the start of September but i've also had a massive problem with virtualisation infrastructure so I haven't done anything but try and resolve this.
It looks like it needs to activate online, so it'll probably need it's own image. I'm still on the lookout for other alternatives but in terms of features this is still the only one that meets all of our requirements (if it works).
In the long term I think we may look at using Apple commputers, unless there are massive changes to the way the audio system is managed in Windows 7, Windows doesn't seem useful in a multi-user environment for audio work - mainly due the inconsistencies in levels and routing you can achieve across workstations with little effort. No money to make this change at the moment, but if we had any I'd make the change right now.
Obiwan (23rd September 2010)
That's interesting Morgan, we're working with several schools, some with Macs in music, some with PCs. It seems that Macs create a lot less hassle with music software and hardware. Once you factor in the cost of Cubase/Sibelius/Reason your probably paying more than a Mac even with Logic Express.
As a non-muso I really struggle on what each software package does or doesn't do! I'd love to read an article comparing (in laymans terms) Cubase 5 v Cubase Studio v Cubase Essentials v Sequal v Sibelius v Reason v Logic Express v Logic Studio etc etc and making some minimum software recommendations for GCSE Music, A-Level Music Technology etc. Exam boards don't seem to be much help much. Of course if you ask the departments they say they need the full pro version of everything on all computers!
We've been running Sequel 1 for the last few years. Despite substantial problems in the first year, due to insufficient hardware and software e-licensers, it is now working relatively well.
I can't remember the specifics, but I do know we had to login and configure the software as the user, which was saved to defaults.xml in the user's appdata, then run a script each time the app is run to reset this default.xml to default.drag and drop midi does not work. default location for files must be change on every login.
We have the Sony education suite from Pugh education £23 each machine and gets you Sony acid, soundforge and Vegas movie studio. Only catch is you have to purchase 50 copies
Its a good piece of software - but perhaps not a cubase alternative - but definitely a sequel alternative but you can download free trials of most of the sony stuff for 30 days I think so take a look / get the music guys to test and have a play before commiting etc.
Link to Sony Site here Sony Creative Software - Vegas video - ACID & Sound Forge audio editing
Link to Pugh Educational License Sony Education Site License | Sony | Products | ... discounted software for education establishments
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