Help Me Choose - Cubase SX or Cakewalk Home Studio

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by JazzBassvb, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. JazzBassvb


    Aug 5, 2003
    Hi all,

    I meant Cubase SE, not SX. My fault

    I'm looking at software right now and I'm wondering if I can have some user experience and some advice.

    I would like to get software that would allow me to record my bass, add in MIDI parts (preferably using Staff/Music notation, not a music keyboard or piano roll), printout sheet music and do drum lines.

    I think Home Studio can do all of this, but I'm not sure. I wasn't able to find really much to answer these questions with Cubase.

    I would prefer to not spend more than $100 on this, but I probably could go up to another $50 if I needed to.

    I need to also get a sound card and that may be another topic later on.

    Thanks very much!
  2. I've never used Home Studio but I do own Cubase SX. It looks as though your budget has already made your decision for you :) SX is hundreds of dollars more than what you're alloted.

    - Andrew
  3. I'm pretty sure that Home Studio will allow you to do all this (and more). I've been a big fan of Cakewalk stuff for a while - now on Sonar 4. Have you tried downloading demo versions and having a play with it - see how you like it. There are really very few differences between the packages now (entry level versus entry level) so it comes down to which one you feel most comfortable using day to day. Demo versions are about the only way to check that out.

    All the best,
  4. JazzBassvb


    Aug 5, 2003
    Andrew, yeah you're right. I meant Cubase SE, not SX. Thanks for pointing that out. So many versions! :rollno: :rollno:

    I changed my original post.
  5. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Cubase, no question. stability and ease of use.
  6. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    For your budget, I'd say Tracktion, except that I don't know about the notation capability (I never use it that way). IMO has a great ratio of ease-of-use to power.
  7. rygelxvi


    Jan 6, 2003
    Cubase can be upgraded to higher versions for only the difference in price and is cross platform. It also is more stable and easier to use.
  8. I'd pick the cakewalk software and grab yourself a maudio audiophile 24/96 for a sound card, decent quality and nice low price. I've tried out various versions of software, and I think cubase is great, but only in the full featured, professional version, i think the sonar products are more geared for the home user and are easier to use imho but a little less versatile.
  9. Stable? Hahaha. The truth about Cubase is that it was originally written for the old Atari SE, then ported to the Mac platform, THEN ported over to what you have is a third-generation software translation in the end. I've used Cubase in the past and it's slow and crashed too much on me. If you're on a Mac, Cubase is actually not bad at all.

    If you're using Windows, Cakewalk is the best bet. It's even easier than Cubase and more flexible. Best of all, Cakewalk was always meant to work with the Windows code, so it's far more stable than Cubase ever can be.

    I currently use Sonar 4 and have used Cakewalk software for nearly 10 years (ever since Cakewalk Pro 3.01)...
  10. JazzBassvb


    Aug 5, 2003
    Thanks very much everyone thus far!

    Doh! I forgot to mention what OS I'm running. It's Windows XP Pro w/ SP2.

    I've narrowed my card choice I think to the M-Audio Audiophilie 24/96 and the Delta 44.

    I know how to hook up my bass to the Delta 44, but I'm unclear what sort of cable I need for the Audiophilie. Is this one of the cables used for mics?

  11. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    old and misleading ^^ I could talk about how much Cakewalk 8 sucked, I used to use it myself.

    I would recommend checking out the user forums for each product. Different folks have different tolerances for things, see what bugs you about each by reading other users posts.

    Cakewalk forum -

    Cubase forum -
  12. +1
  13. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany

    Even the Atari model is incorrect (ST not SE).
  14. JazzBassvb


    Aug 5, 2003
    Thanks for the recommendation on reading the forums. I'll be doing that and spending some time going over everything.

    Thanks very much for the info!

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