If you're talking about Reaper's explorer window, it can be opened and closed with ctrl-alt-x, and also resized and docked/undocked however you please, like pretty much everything in Reaper. Then there's the tempo matching and drag + drop features in it too. When I discovered that feature, working with samples got at least twice as fast, probably more.
FL Studio is my weapon of choice and has been for years. I love the functionality and ease of use, not to mention its amazing native plugins. Image Line has done an amazing job over the years in making it a very hands on, affordable, and intricate DAW. FL Studio, I love you.
I started out with Live, but always hit a point where I got 'stuck', I was never able to finish a track with it.
Then switched to Logic and instantly has a click it with and used it for about a year. The Live 9 came out, and I gave it another go.
Loved it, and bought Ableton Push to go with it
All I can say is that it doesnt matter what you use. Even if people say there are differences in sound, you should always use whatever DAW you have the best click with, otherwise you wont be finishing tracks anyway.
I've been using FL Studio for a good while now and I love it. The workflow just seems to make a lot of sense. Although there are times when doing small things can be a big pain. But otherwise, it's fairly easy to use, at least for me, and packed full of goodies.
Ableton Live, because though I've had to chance to play around with many DAWs, none for me where as intuitive and slick as Live. I do a lot of sampling and drum work, so the ability to chop things up quickly and mess with them is awesome.
cause fx racks and macros and warp engines and flexible routing and max for live and useable native FX and performance/session view and multiband dynamics compressor and "the glue" and instrument racks and drum racks and drag and drop EVERYTHING and stripped down UI and amp models and ive been using it since its inception and for that reason its the fastest thing i work in and fast = good for me i'm pretty ADD so working and moving on is key for me.
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So far, I've tried FL Studio, Cubase, Sonar, Reason and Ableton Live.
And today I find myself using Ableton Live, sometimes FL Studio and rarely Reason. I don't have a Mac but Logic Pro seems great.
- Ableton Live: Love the workflow Poor piano roll Can't make a song with more than 20 tracks with my not-so-powerful PC
- FL Studio: VERY quick workflow Great piano roll Really nice automation's curves (unlike in Ableton) Don't really like the interface (FL Studio 12 is coming and looks great though)
- Reason: No VST Poor piano roll
Also unlike someone said below, sidechaining is neither time-consuming in FL Studio nor in Ableton... You can do it really quickly actually.
I started with renoise,then FL studio,which i used for a long time.
i tried ableton ,but i really didn't like it.
I now use Sonar x3 and reason 7.1,i still use fl studio and renoise for some stuff though.
Startet with FL but i didn't like the interface (that was 2008 or so, maybe it's better now ?).
So i switched to Ableton and didn't use any other DAW since then. It fits my needs, so I'm not even looking for some other DAW right now.
So far I've tried/used Cubase, Reason, Ableton, FL Studio and Logic Studio for producing tracks.
I sticked with Logic for a couple years before I fell in love with the FL Studio's workflow. It was way more intuitive for me, just to throw things in there quickly and edit them out later. I've used it for years now and I don't really see myself switching to anything else anytime soon. I tried to get more into Ableton Live, but I just couldn't for a some reason. I learned to use it as a live performance DAW, but as nothing else really. I'd love to get more into that as it's quite popular in the electric genre now.
I still use Logic quite frequently for recordings and mixing. It has some awesome stock plugins in there to play around with, so I keep it next to me at all times.
I spent years with a PC using various versions of Cubase. I never liked the interface though. It didn't feel user friendly.
Upon buying a Mac last year, I purchased Logic Pro 9 and love it. I just get things done so much quicker using Logic. The price tag also suited my budget which is very important to me. I like that it has a variety of built-in synths and effects too. Very good value for money I think
Tried Logic wayyyyyyy back, didn't get it, noobed out.
Came back and got into FL but didn't like the layout and didn't understand the whole mixer thing.
Tried shit with Ableton live intro till I actually found out what the hell I was doing and everything that I couldn't figure out in previous DAWs was sort of laid out nice and clearly in Ableton. Since then it became my sound design, my mix, and my master. With the right plugins and a powerful PC, many things are possible in there
I've used almost all DAW's at one point or another (mostly just to have the experience of knowing how they work just in case I might to use them someday on a project.)
DP,Logic, FL, PT, CW, Nuendo, CB, etc.
However I've always stuck to Ableton Live. I really like Ableton Live for a variety of reasons:
1. Many many people use it, so it's quite easy to bounce ideas around the internet.
Working with people is also easier because you don't really have to teach them to use the DAW.
Best for compatibility (imo) reasons in the electronic world as a very large chunk of people use Ableton Live.
I do HIGHLY encourage you to at least try other DAWs so that you have a basic understanding of how they work.
It will come in handy.
There's no worse feeling than being excited about making stuff and working with someone, then seeing the screen with a look on your face as if you were seeing a tablet full of hieroglyphs.
2. Its interface is pretty intuitive and very clean.
Ableton's interface is pretty easy to learn without much reading IF you already know the basics production and audio eng.
Everything is simply either a play button, a clip (audio or midi), a line (automation) or is self explanatory.
The audio chain is a visual representation of what it would be like IRL.
You can change the order of devices to change the sound simply by dragging them, which I really like as I love to mess with my audio chain.
3. It "separates" the creation process in two allowing for more experimentation.
I like the fact that Ableton has 2 views (clip & "timeline" views).
For me, this is closer to how my mind works most of the time.
I thoroughly enjoy coming up with a bunch of different parts and drum beats, different sounds, etc.I Love just jamming out and coming up with something cool.
Not having to worry (at the moment) if it's going to be any good or what it will sound like.
In this phase, anything goes. There's very little structure, but then you switch to timeline view and you have to think a little "alright, I had a general idea, now to really flesh this out".
It's great to have that separation of "creative paradigms"
4. The automation is simply the easiest to use (imo)
It's all lines and curves and to map something to automation, all you gotta do is click/drag the control on your synth/effect plugin and poof.
Mapped right onto the timeline track.
Then it's just a matter of fixing it up as you'd like, you can get extremely detailed with automation in Ableton Live.
5. If you use it for performance and learn to use effect chains/automation/crossfade controls on Ableton, you have yourself perhaps the most versatile live performance tool ever.
You can do a lot with it in a live setting, feels more like a performance.
You can somewhat plan out your live show, control lights with it (through adapters), control synths with it, sync two instances and run a dual performance with a buddy/bandmate.
Make your own effect chains, use them during your set to do all kinds of different things.
Ableton Live is pretty boundless when it comes to the options you have for your live performances, which to me is great.
I like that much better than just doing a DJ set.
It's more fun for me.