What was your first ever DAW?

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Neo
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Post 07 Oct 2019

Q. What was your first ever DAW?
Dr Ts was mine from memory.. anyone remember sequencing on an Atari 1040ST?
(bloody hell im feeling old now) lol
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PhillipOrdonez
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Post 07 Oct 2019

Reason was my first daw!

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guitfnky
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Post 07 Oct 2019

Minnetonka MXTrax. that shit was the bomb back in the day. I think it might’ve been one of the first DAWs with customizable channel strips.

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Post 07 Oct 2019

GarageBand.

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Oquasec
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Post 07 Oct 2019

Mixcraft/FLS, Reason at the number 3 spot.
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NekujaK
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Post 07 Oct 2019

MasterTracks Pro from Passport Designs running on a little Mac SE30... way way long ago :P
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Baylo
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Post 07 Oct 2019

Music-X (v1 and v2) on the Amiga 500/1200, then Cubase VST 3.5 (I think) when I moved to PC!

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rgdaniel
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Post 07 Oct 2019

Opcode Vision, then Studio Vision Pro. Until Gibson bought-and-killed it in 1998. Yes, I still hold a grudge.

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xylyx
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Post 07 Oct 2019

Modplug Tracker was the first music software I used to do any music...had played around with the TCB tracker on the Atari ST, with little success.

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Post 07 Oct 2019

Acid Pro 3.

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moneykube
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Post 07 Oct 2019

protools

teddymcw
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Post 07 Oct 2019

Playing with Acid when it first came out circa '98. Exposed to Reason in '04 or some where near there.

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challism
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Post 07 Oct 2019

Whatever version of Cakewalk was out in 1997. It was the only DAW I could find at CompUSA at the time. I miss the music notation features in the piano roll. On a side note, I just read that Calkwalk was bought from Gibson and is now available for free by Bandlab.

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Post 07 Oct 2019

It was Soundmonitor on a C64 https://csdb.dk/release/?id=59929

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eusti
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Post 07 Oct 2019

Steinberg 24. Cracked version for the Atari ST... As it crashed quite often I saved up for C-Lab's (Emagic's predecessor) Creator... Those of course were actually only sequencers... My first foray into audio integration was with Steinberg's Cubase VST and Reason.

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Post 08 Oct 2019

Pro 24 II on the Atari 1040 ST & SM124 Monitor :cool:

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Post 08 Oct 2019

ACID 2.0 which came bundled with a sound card.

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Post 08 Oct 2019

Acid Rock 2 in 1999. I had dabbled a bit with trackers and Voyetra midi sequencer before that but nothing serious.

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tronam
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Post 08 Oct 2019

Protracker on the Amiga, for about 5 years.

Some clever bloke created a perfect clone of PT v2.3d for modern computers. It's really strange to not only hear, but also see all of the old songs play back perfectly like 30 year old time capsules. https://16-bits.org/pt.php
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adfielding
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Post 08 Oct 2019

ProTracker on the Atari STe, if that counts as a DAW. I remember it operated at 50khz, which is kind of mind-boggling in retrospect.

I used to combine it with a sample editor called StereoMaster, which included a cartridge with a 3.5mm input - so I'd record stuff using a little cassette recorder and transfer it across using that. This led to me writing a tune when I was about 12 or so for an English assignment in which we had to give a talk about our pets - I knew my talk was going to suck, so I was hoping that writing a tune featuring my cat meowing would be enough of a distraction to get a decent grade. It totally worked :)

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Post 08 Oct 2019

Awesome thread, I really enjoy reading these posts and seeing all those names :)

If we want to go technical then my first DAW (or I suppose it was more like a sequencer) was on a C64. I have no idea how it was called, I do know it was provided by an electronic magazine I used to follow back then called Magic Disc 64, a magazine made in Germany. The only problem: I had no idea how it worked, I was also pretty clueless about digital audio back then so... I don't think this counts. I do recall that it had a demo song which was the intro music of Airwolf (an action series back then).

I got my first real DAW around 10 years ago: Ableton Live 8 suite. One or two days later I grabbed Reason 4 (even though my license allowed me to use 5) and I've been working with that combination for years. Later I upgraded my setup to Live 9 and Reason 6 (I loved Reason 6) and this year I upgraded again to the "10 versions": now I use both Live 10 (suite) and Reason 10.

I'm very happy to say that Reason has been a major part of my setup ever since I started.
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Post 08 Oct 2019

There were no DAWs when I first started (we were just basing sticks together back then), but my first sequencer experience was with Fairlight CMI (1984) and a buttload of the coolest synths of the day (my first full time studio job). Then I got a Mac at home (late 1985) and a then Total Music (later MIDIPaint) MIDI sequencer. My first proper DAW was the first version of Pro Tools, in 1991 which allowed integration with Studio Vision. I too am still pissed at Gibson for killing it, but in a way it's why I had to look for another solution (since Pro Tools was not inspiring as a music creation DAW). That solution was Reason 2.0 in 2003, never looked back! :)
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Oquasec
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Post 08 Oct 2019

Yeah a lot of PT users moved to cubase or something or only use Avid for Post.
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selig
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Post 08 Oct 2019

Oquasec wrote:
08 Oct 2019
Yeah a lot of PT users moved to cubase or something or only use Avid for Post.
To be clear, I didn't "move" to Reason from PT. After Studio Vision Pro became "unsupported" I started looking for a pure software based solution, as Studio Vision used PT hardware and Sample Cell PCI sampler. Shorly after, I needed a new computer, and my existing hardware didn't work with the new model (PCI card changes) and it was cheaper to update just the Pro Tools stuff and find a replacement for Studio Vision. Enter Reason.

So technically speaking, I moved to Reason when Studio Vision was no longer viable, and still use Pro Tools as I always have used it!
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Oquasec
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Post 08 Oct 2019

oh
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