Multitrack recording software has the ability to record multiple audio tracks to hard disk one track at a time. This gives the music producer incredible power when working with a band or artist. You will be able to record one track at a time and do multiple takes until each musician has done their best take. For example , if a singer is struggling to hit a certain note , you can re-record that specific section again and again until the singer gets it right. This can be very useful.
With multitrack recording software you should usually start with a click track and gradually add one instrument at a time. Most music producers start with the drums and then the bass followed by the keys and synths. Voice or vocals are usually recorded last. This is not a rule but is generally the way most people work with multitrack recording software.
Another term to describe multitrack recording software is a DAW . “DAW” stands for “Digital Audio Workstation” . There are many DAW’s out there in the market place. Which one is the right one for you ?
There are three main multitrack recording software packages that I want to cover today. All three are heavy weights in the music business and between the three of them make up 90% of all hits produced today.
1: Logic Studio by Apple
Logic Studio has been around for around 20 years under different names and under different owners. Logic Studio started as a sequencer on the “Atari 1040 ST” under the name Notator around 20 years ago. The software was eventually available for PC and Mac under the name “Audio Logic” the final and current company to buy and own “Logic Studio” is Apple.
The advantage of Logic Studio as a multitrack recording software is the sheer depth of the software. The package is extremely powerful and functional. The only negative to Logic is the fact that as soon as Apple took over developing Logic Studio, the first thing they did was discontinue the PC version. This means that now you can only run Logic Studio on a Mac. I would highly recommend Logic Studio to any one who uses an Apple Mac computer. This is my personal favorite .
2: Pro Tools
This multitrack recording software is also a heavyweight. Pro Tools has also been around for donkeys years and is the favorite for many bands and artists especially in the states . Pro Tools was originally developed and owned by a company called Digidesign who released it under the name “Sound Tools” which was later bought out by a video editing software company called AVID who continue to develop and distribute the product .
Initially Pro Tools was the leader in audio editing but lacked the MIDI and sequencing sophistication of Logic and Cubase but these days Pro Tools has improved their sequencing and programming depth extensively .
One advantage of Pro tools is that you can run it on both Mac and PC.
Cubase is an extremely powerful multitrack recording software package. “Steinberg” the creators of Cubase are famous for pioneering “Virtual instruments” which they made possible through their VST plug-in platform which has transformed the way music is recorded and programmed today. All DAW’s now have the same or similar functionality but it all started with Cubase. Cubase is very popular with PC users as their PC recording software.
I personally find Cubase to be a bit shallow as a platform but there are many happy and successful Cubase users world wide with no 1 hits to their name .