Recording guitar on computer

Five to Try: Computer recording software

1. Steinberg Cubase 5
Price:
£499
Maximum audio tracks:
Unlimited
Amp and effects modelling:
Yes
Mac/PC:
Both


The most versatile software music production system available that isn't tied to one particular computer platform or proprietary hardware interface (ie, it's not Logic or ProTools).

Guitarist rating:
4.5 (issue 315)

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2. Apple Logic Studio
Price: £408
Maximum audio tracks: Unlimited
Amp and effects modelling: Yes
Mac/PC: Mac only


Full production environment with virtual instruments, plug-ins, comprehensive amp and FX modelling. Also separate mastering and performance applications.

Guitarist rating:
4.5 (issue 321)

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3. Guitar Tracks Pro 4
Price:
£99
Maximum audio tracks:
32
Amp and effects modelling:
Yes
Mac/PC:
PC


Budget package designed specifically for guitarists and singer-songwriters,
complete with virtual backing band.

Guitarist rating:
4 (issue 273)

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4. Propellerhead Record
Price: £235
Maximum audio tracks: Unlimited
Amp and effects modelling: Yes
Mac/PC: Both


Easy to use, comprehensive, self-contained package with a host of
features optimised for guitarists. And the learning curve isn't too daunting.

Guitarist rating: 4.5 (issue 323)

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5. Digidesign ProTools LE
Price:
From £222
Maximum audio tracks:
48
Amp and effects modelling:
Yes
Mac/PC:
Both


Industry-standard recording software in TDM guise, affordable in LE and M-Powered versions. The software only comes packaged with a range of hardware audio interfaces – including the Mbox-2 pictured.

Guitarist rating:
4.5 (issue 293)


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