After tons of crashes just closing Ableton Live projects I decided to give-up again
I hoped the newer version was 11 was more stable than the previous one, but I was a dreamer YUK
Luckily enough, I can resell it, but what using now?
I tested almost all DAWS that have a demo, and I hated all them for various reasons, so giving up with the music is one option
Well, under an attack of nerves I downloaded the latest Reaper version, fought a lot with the interface, with my MIDI keyboard not recognized, and at a certain point I was able to put together Scaler and a few plugins and jam with fun
Now I have to study the manual and test it deeply with all my essential plugins and see, but I know that many pals use Reaper here, so do you have some tips about MIDI controller that aren’t recognized (my MIDImix), and how increasing the GUI fonts in secondary windows (plugins) so I don’t jeopardize my eyes?
And, there is some way to set the interface so it is closer to the Ableton Live one?
Yes, I see there are many
The problem is that there are too many and a newbye cannot differentiate good ones, nor understand if such an old one may work in the latest release
One reason I always hated Reaper is the muddling forum
For example, users are very lazy in explaining things, just like Linux users that believe all are able to understand coding, and there are no mods able to pin most updated stuff as other forums do
In my experience this is controlled by the plug-in settings. As I am sure you are aware on Scaler there are two settings in the Preferences tab: Font Size and View Size, which will size the plug-in window. Where plug-in suppliers have provided this option then this will be where you will have to resize the plug-ins, but this is not always available on some older plug-ins, notably from Air music.
For Reaper itself in the default theme there is a menu item LAYOUTS at the bottom of the OPTIONS menu where you can resize the fonts in teh Reaper panels.
The biggest drawback moving from Ableton to Reaper is that Reaper does not support a Scene view, it does not have a Session view. However I believe there is a commercial plugin that for launching clips.
The big advantages that I think Reaper has over Ableton is its midi routing. mdid routing in Reaper is very flexible and easy. I’ve illustrated midi routing in the tutorial Basic Introduction to Multi Out.
I think this, in part, is because there are so many videos about features and how to do things in Reaper. I have found the videos on the Reaper website by Kenny Gioia, and those on The (unofficial) Reaper Blog very helpful, but this depends on your preference for videos.
If you like that much Ableton GUI, try some of many Reaper themes. If you like working with scenes (I hate this concept), there is Playtime by a German genius called Helgoboss. Playtime emulates loops, scenes etc. Not expensive and has a demo.
Anyways, regions in Reaper can be used to loop, too.
I don’t know your controller, but I know that Reaper is not easy with them. Hehe.
However, since I bought my Arturia Keylab MK Ii
, everything works just perfect.
Anyways, a driver called Klinke (I am working so I cannot check the exact name, I’ll let you know later) helped me with nanoKontrol and AKAI, especially in collaboration with ReaLearn , a free plugin also from Helgoboss. With ReaLearn, you can practically setup any controller and any plugin to work seamlessly in Reaper. Only the sky is the limit.
If no DAW is good for you, you can sell all your stuff and buy a hardware synth and play with untill you fall of your feet .
Yes, more or less: it is customizations
As far as I installed it, it worked quite well
As far as you add customizations, it crashes
But I (anyone) needs customizations, and Ableton Live is the ONLY software among one gazillion of pieces of software I had and have that doesn’t swallow legitimate customizations, so it is a plain bug and a well known one also
Well, it crashes every single time I close it, and crashes without an error message YUK
Sending log files was never useful, and nobody knows (checked tons of forums and videos) why Ableton Live (from 9 to 11) may crash just closing it
Actually, I hate scenes and I never used them
During my last test, I actually preferred the default theme, but it’s the Reaper GUI that I hate, the over-complexity of routing, the fact that the support is made by users, not always able to explain
It is not for me
Never abandon what you like.
Controllers are just a hardware, DAWs are just a software. They can be replaced by any other piece of HW or SW.
Anyways, there are other options to play and record music, without SW. They cost money, but if you try and find them amusing, you can sell your Bitwig, Ableton, controllers etc. for a good amount and play on a pure HW, like this one. And there are better and more expensive.