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Best DAW for sparkLE and MiniLabs / PC-Windows
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:08:21 am »
If your a regular reader of these forums you will have seen that I have been trying to use SparkLE and Minilabs/Analog labs as VSTi inside Mixcraft 6.1. See

According to Arturia it tuns out that Mixcraft 6.1 can't use SparkLE. Equally Minilabs crashes (almost) everytime you change voices when used as a VSTi inside Mixcraft.

As a result I need to buy a new DAW as replacing Mixcraft ($80au) is cheaper than replacing Arturia Minilabs and SparkLE ($400au).

I can't afford a fully fledged version of the major DAWs e.g. Pro Tools 11 so I have been looking at the mid tier type of DAWs. In essence I am a guitar/bass player and vocalist. I want to use SparkLE for drums because I like its workflow and Minilabs for basic synth because the voices are great even if the software is buggy as hell. I try to play in the genre of Seether, Shinedown, 3 doors down, staind etc but everything comes our Slash / ACDC.

I am basically down to the following but I am open to recommendations so long as you know they work from experience.

- Cakewalk SONAR X3 (Studio Edition)
- Cubase Artist 7
- Abelton Live (because my Boss recommended it).

I know some may say that it sill work with any DAW that supports VST/VSTi but if you look at the thread I mentioned you will see that that is not really true. Mixcraft supports VST/VSTi and SparkLE doesn't work and I don't want to make the same mistake twice.

My question is simple.

Will Minilabs/Analog lab and SparkLE work with properly these DAWs?



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