5 Recession Busting Software Packages!

With food, fuel and other living costs soaring, who has got the cash to fork out for overpriced music software? Here is CM’s guide top five great bits of music software that won’t leave you penniless, along with their equivalent value in supermarket goodies to put things in perspective…

Vapour ($29)


This lush chorus effect uses diffusion, usually only found in high end studio chorus effects, to add shimmer to your sounds.

Supermarket alternative:

10 x 12 Birdseye Omega 3 fish fingers from Morrisons.

Reaper 2 ($50 non-commercial license)


This superb PC and Mac DAW boasts flexible audio routing, a comprehensive FX suite, and a 64-bit audio engine – all for around £25!

Supermarket alternative:

World Wine Tour Mixed Case from Tesco.

energyXT2 (€49)


Modular routing, REX2 support and light system usage – what’s not to like about this great PC sequencer?

Supermarket alternative:

2kg British Beef sirloin steak, hand cut from Waitrose.

Oligarc ($40 non-commercial license)


Filter, phaser, drive, chorus, brickwall limiter – Oligarc has a wide range of bread and butter effects for a bargain price.

Supermarket alternative:

2x 48 Whiskas Pouches “Fishermans Choice” in jelly from Asda.

Cubase Essential 4 (£119)


The cheapest version of Cubase might cost over a tonne, but it's got nearly all the capabilities of its expensive big brothers.

Supermarket alternative:

119 x 6 Muller Vitality yoghurt drink from Lidl.

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