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Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by wub » Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:39 am

Thought about Buzz, but that's a tracker not a DAW.

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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by Hex047 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:35 am

Podium free is probably the best DAW out now, Studio One Free doesn't look bad, haven't tried it though.

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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by wub » Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:38 am

Podium - http://zynewave.com/podium-free/
Studio One - http://www.presonus.com/products/Studio ... ree-go-pro


What are the limitation on Studio One vs. the paid version? And has anyone used Podium?

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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by Hex047 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:34 pm

Studio One Free limitations as far as I know are:
lack of vst support
one Midi in/out
No sidechain
No multi out Instruments .
I've have used Podium free for a while, not as my primary DAW though.

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Post by 2mb1o » Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:02 am


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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by fragments » Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:15 am

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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by Sexual_Chocolate » Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:39 am

2mb1o wrote:Reaper ?
http://www.reaper.fm/
TECHNICALLY not free, but yea. probably the best choice :lol:
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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by wub » Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:41 am

2mb1o wrote:Reaper ?
http://www.reaper.fm/

Not free.

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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by Direflow » Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:32 am

Ardour, but you have to be on Mac or Linux.
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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by Hex047 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:04 am

+1 if you can handle the 4 track limit.

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Post by wub » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:09 am

Direflow wrote:Ardour, but you have to be on Mac or Linux.
Never heard of it, you got a link?

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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by topmo3 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:24 am

well i got 1200+ days on my reaper trial and still working fine... haven't invested much on it as of yet
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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by Hex047 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:46 am

wub wrote:
Direflow wrote:Ardour, but you have to be on Mac or Linux.
Never heard of it, you got a link?
https://ardour.org/download.html

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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by wub » Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:06 am

Hex047 wrote:
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Direflow wrote:Ardour, but you have to be on Mac or Linux.
Never heard of it, you got a link?
https://ardour.org/download.html
No wanting to split hairs, but that's not free;
I thought Ardour was free software

Ardour is free in the sense that you are free to do anything with it that you want (including use it on as many machines as you wish, make copies of it for friends and so forth). Some people like to explain this with the phrase "free as in free speech, not free as in free beer".
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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by legend4ry » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:28 am

http://lmms.sourceforge.net/ - Linux MultiMedia Studio : Windows and Linux builds avail.

Open source DAW based around FL.

http://www.buzzmachines.com/ - Free Modular DAW.

http://www.modplug.com/ - Free Tracker with VST support.
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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by smalltock » Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:35 pm

wub wrote:
Hex047 wrote:
wub wrote:
Direflow wrote:Ardour, but you have to be on Mac or Linux.
Never heard of it, you got a link?
https://ardour.org/download.html
No wanting to split hairs, but that's not free;
Yes, it is. Look a bit more carefully, please. The source code is freely available. They charge for precompiled binaries for those too dim to compile their crap. Perhaps not the most ethical (or typical to open source software) practice, charging the 'stupid' but giving it out for free to the rest, but it is what they've decided to do.

Ardour is free. Precompiled binaries cost money, but the source is freely available. I compiled it and have it running flawlessly. The compile process is not difficult either. Full version obtained legitimately without paying a cent.

Furthermore, "free" versions of paid daws are, in my opinion, not free at all. They are demos and nothing more. I feel it much more appropriate that you call out Podium Free for not being free, rather than Ardour.

Thirdly, how is Buzz not a DAW? Let's take a moment to recognize what exactly a DAW is… a Digital…Audio…Workstation… Buzz is a DAW despite taking an atypical approach.
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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by fiveone » Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:36 pm

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Re: Is there a totally free DAW?

Post by Func » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:00 am

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