December 22, 2009
For day-to-day ‘mucking about’ with audio files I use Mixcraft as my first choice as it’s fast and easy. It can do most things pretty well, too. If it can’t load a particular VST or just can’t give me the control I want then it’s on to Anvil for composition, Reaper because it’s just great and Ableton Live because it came bundled with the M-Audio Keystation 61es MIDI controller (actually it’s also very powerful and full of great sounds). But for most purposes Mixcraft coupled with Audacity (free!) will do the trick. Both will load just about any of the zillions of VSTs you can get hold of on the Web and will accept input from USB audio devices like the Keystation and the Guitar Snake.
This quest for musical de-composition began with my Fender electric guitar, the PC (of course) and the Behringer USB GuitarLink, coupled with various digital emulations of famous amplifiers. Actually it really began when my real amp died and rather than just fix it I decided to get the signal into (and out of) the PC instead. One thing led to another and now, like my ditching of analog photography I’ve almost washed my hands of analog audio as well. Almost.