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    Software Piracy Policy - with alternatives!

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    Here is the official HR policy on software piracy that you agreed to when you registered:

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    you will not post any messages on this BBS that are:

    Requesting for or posting of serial numbers, direct links to cracks or any other information that violates copyright laws or any other laws protecting intellectual property;

    Requests for downloads of anything that is not freeware, shareware, trial versions or copyright-free material (hence, no ISOs, Warez or MP3s that are protected by copyright). Any references to such activities will also lead to deletion of the topic;
    Thus, you have now been warned twice! Henceforth, any requests for help with software that you pirated will result in your thread either being locked or deleted.

    For the long period of time that this BBS did not have active mods, the community served as the enforcer of this policy, not because of the policy, but because of our own strong feelings against software piracy. Simply put, admitting that you pirated software is like taping a "kick me" sign to your gonads

    Please spare me any of your rationalizations on why you pirate software, I am not interested, and will delete them from this thread. You may discuss them on the infamous "Do you really pay for that expensive software" thread:

    Do you really buy that expensive recording software?

    Here are the obvious signs of a pirate:

    - you don't know how to connect a microphone to your computer, but you have the Waves Platinum bundle.

    - you just got a several-year-old version of expensive recording software, but you don't have the manual. Coincidentally, that version happens to be the last version of the software that was cracked or didn't use a dongle (Cubase SX3, Wavelab 5, etc.)

    To spare you any of the above fates, we will now help you discover cheap or free software that will do the job you need honestly:

    - Reaper. It's free to try and like $50 for a license (I don't use it, so I'm not too familiar with the details).

    - Audacity. Simple, but free and open source.

    - Ten million free plugins, many of them quite good. Do a search here, because there are many, many threads on that topic.

    - Used software. Good deals here, as many people seemed to have switched software recently, which only used to happen very rarely, and people had to keep all their old versions to upgrade. Just BE CAREFUL, and read the vendor's license transfer policy, and make sure you get original manuals, documentation, activation codes, dongles, etc., as appropriate.

    I invite everyone else to add their options for cheap or free software to this thread, as I am making it a sticky!

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    I'm watching this linux distro intently:

    ships with another open source DAW - Ardour 2 ( ) - looks like Ardour 3 will support MIDI, which, at the coarsest of feature levels, would make it competitive with the commercial ones for most of us.

    disclaimer -- I haven't actually used any of this yet - just wanted to post

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    Get reaper, if not just get ardour. it's actually really solid.

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    And Reaper is available for the Mac. I use it - a *beta version* for live tracking of orchestral performances. Yes, I have a HD backup running simultaneously, but have yet to need it - With a beta version.

    As soon as he has a full-release version, I'm buying it on the spot.

    THAT SAID -- As much as I'd (obviously) hope that people would cough up the $50 for Reaper, it's uncrippled shareware. If you choose NOT to pay for it, you choose to wait an extra 6 seconds when you start it. Otherwise, it works exactly the same. Think of it as the "honor program."
    John Scrip - MASSIVE Mastering

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    Spark his curiosity to find the answer himself and he'll mix for a lifetime...

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    6 seconds?? But I need to get in NOW!! - suprstar studios

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    Legitimate Sites for Free Software - Mac Only

    I have posted these in various places before, but will reiterate:

    If you're making/recording music on a Mac and are hard up for freebies, here are some legitimate places to find free software for recording, notation, synths, and plugins:

    Audacity: Free Music Recording Software
    LilyPond: Notation/Writing Software
    Finale: Score Publisher
    Free Alpha: Soft-Synth
    Remedy: AU Based Soft-Synth
    Drumatix: Mac-based Drum Programmer
    Hydrogen: Intel-Mac Drum Programmer
    ApulSoft: Free AU Plugins for Mac
    TuxGuitar: Guitar Tablature Software
    RiffWorks: Music Authoring Software

    An online listing of these and other multi-media freeware is maintained at Simon Elliott's Open Source Mac Multimedia Page.

    Let's keep it legal, people.
    David Swinehart
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    I'm still in my trial period for Reaper but for all the features and the cool themes and skins you can get and make for it $50 is nothing!! If only other programs were that cheap.
    Last edited by buckkillr8; 01-26-2009 at 11:12.

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    Kristal Audio Engine

    Free for non-commercial and Educational purposes

    Up to 16 tracks, which is way more than most folks starting out will be using anyway

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    a great source for freeware etc... especially FX... also keeps ya up to date on the ones you own as well...
    37.8% of all statistics are made up on the spot...

    hey give a guy some room... people are trying to evolve here... for crying out loud...

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    Jeskola Buzz. It doesn't do recording (that I know of) but it's got a ton of MIDI instruments, as well as effects, and a nice little mixer display.

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