Which product to use?
Greetings all! While I've been doing DAW recordings for a good while now, I'm moving toward using software synths and sampling for live performance, so I need a new piece of software to do it. I'm the singer/keyboardist for a rock cover band, currently using a Korg M50 as my primary machine - which does almost everything I need it to except play back user-built samples. I've gotten my keyboard and laptop to talk to each other successfully (I made use of the Kontakt 5 Player demo, and had good luck for about 15 minutes before the demo lock-out happened), so all I need now is a software package that will listen for MIDI commands from the keyboard and play back samples I provide. I've been toying with the idea of getting full soft-synth package, and it looks as though if I want a reliable tool for my sampling, this is the route to go.
A handful of people have recommended I look at Reason. Will Reason Essentials do what I'm trying to? Will ReCycle? From what I've read, my purpose is not what ReCycle was intended for. This is such a simple function for a lot of higher synth programs that many don't even make mention of it.
Let me know what you guys think. Thanks!
You could download the demo which is actually the full version with just load and export song disabled
You could go super simple and use a wrapper Host like SAVIHost for a single VST but in reality Reason will probably run better as it is super stable and fast.
Once you get one VST it is hard to stop there, the whole thing sucks you in till you are more interested in VST than making music but the Reason approach is far more self-contained.
Sure some things will take a bit more set-up but you get to do that your way so the possibilities are really vast but still creative.
I say Reason is the way to go but then I would as I have been there and now I am here.
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