optik415 wrote:Interesting transition! But most importantly it works for you. I've been struggling the past week trying to level up my workflow and I haven't found anything that works yet. I tried Ableton but Its actually slowing me down. I really wanna try FL Studio! I actually started making beats on that back in the day so I think I will feel more comfortable with it.
I look at DAWs and DAW like packages and workstations, like I do video game systems, they all have their strengths/weaknesses, and yet they all accomplish the same thing. My XBOne is my current favorite system, its terrific for non-gaming activities, my PS4 is just for Rainbow 6 Siege, my PS4 Pro is for 4K content and single player games - because Sony's interface is a POS, and has been for over a decade.
I look at all of these methods of production as the same thing. There isn't a perfect one, and different tools excel at different things. FL Studio's Piano Roll absolutely destroys everything I've used - Reason, Sonar, Ableton, Cool Edit Pro *har*, Digitakt, MPC, etc., but I find the setup for everything else to be overly complicated or shrouded in menus. Ableton is like the ultimate lego brick, I feel I can do anything with it, it latches onto other physical and software based tools better than anything else I've used, the Push is the best controller series that I've used*, and its popularity make it EASY to get help if I needed it.
Then there is the MPC - my Live is portable - easily, as someone who's biggest pitfall is time/availability, that's huge. The MPC lets me "groove" more naturally as a finger drummer, there is some mystical mojo Akai slammed in there. Honestly, the MPC Bible was one of the best resources I've come across for learning something in the audio world, as someone with a list of 30 classes on Udemy that he's chewing through - that says something. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the bible should be packaged deal with the MPC. But the Live's format for arrangements sucks. Non-stackable building blocks were fine when beat making was extremely loop heavy (I laugh when I hear "Grand Finale", not even a two second loop for like a 4 minute song), but modern composition is so complex that this is HURTS significantly transforming it to a scratch pad
Just like video game systems, I CAN play Netflix & Youtube on the PS4, but the layout of the PS4 is so annoying that I don't want to do anything but hop into the game I am playing. That's the MPC for me now.
* - The Push is the best controller I've ever used, but the Akai Fire's format has the most potential. They both however suffer from "missing the point" syndrome though.