Best audio recorder / software sequencer combination for PC?
September 11, 2014 11:10 AM   Subscribe

For a while now I've been using Caustic to doodle around ith on my Android phone. It's a wonderful piece of software. I also use Reaper on the PC. However...

... what I really crave is the ability to record audio, Reaper-style, alongside the sequencer, which operates like Caustic. I realise there probably isn't an Android solution but a PC programme would be just fine. I don't want to delve into MIDI but the simple pattern sequencer that comes with Caustic would be dynamite if I could then import audio to run alongside it. Any suggestions?
posted by srednivashtar to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
You might want to check out FL Studio. I used it for some time several years back and it was quite a nifty program. The interface might take some getting used to, but it's quite good for this sort of thing.
posted by toastchee at 12:11 PM on September 11, 2014

Reaper already does this on your PC, no? I'm not sure I fully understand the question. I think you are saying that you want a program which allows you to record audio and let you work with (i.e. sequence it) in a manner similar to Caustic's workflow?

If that's the case, the first thing that comes to mind is FL Studio, just as toastchee mentioned. There are mobile iOS/Android versions, though it's been a few years since I've played with them so I can't vouch for how well they work at the moment.

Expanding your question out a little, I think you might be looking for a "multitrack DAW" for Android, ideally. Here's the first hit I got from googling that: n-Track Studio

If these aren't the apps you're looking for, you may also want to spend some time browsing the archives of the blog Palm Sounds, which focuses on audio apps for iOS and Android.
posted by Doleful Creature at 12:19 PM on September 11, 2014

I haven't used Caustic, but from the screenshots it looks like Reason.
posted by chrchr at 1:15 PM on September 11, 2014

Response by poster: Thanks for the replies so far. I guess I don't really know exactly what I want. What I like about Caustic is that it gives you 14 virtual instruments which can then be dropped into the sequencer. Do any daws come with these virtual instruments or can you get plug-ins that emulate them? Because it would be neat to record audio alongside them and then chop and change the parameters in the sequences. It looks like FL Studio might be the way to go.
posted by srednivashtar at 5:13 PM on September 11, 2014

Reaper supports that. You want to google "VSTi". Those are the virtual instrument plugins. All of the DAWs *except* Reaper ship with some of them, so Garage Band, FL Studio, Ableton, etc., have this. There are lots of free VSTis out there of decent quality, and plenty of packages that you can buy, and use them with Reaper or any other DAW. E.g., Native Instruments Komplete or Spectrasonics Omnisphere, to name a couple.
posted by chrchr at 6:32 PM on September 11, 2014

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