Everyone's like - "Dont get one. Get a Mac with the latest Cubase!". But the Atari comes with decent software and has all the midi ins and out's already fitted and MORE importantly - I can afford it!!
Has anyone used one? I've got a few samplers and modules and I just need something basic but reliable, to control them.
I have an Akai/Linn ASQ-10 which I'm looking to sell, so the Atari's looking good as a replacement....
What's the way forward?
if you want audio recording capability, then get a mac/pc.
If you want a flexible and relatively cheap midi sequencer, and have no need for audio capability, i say go for the ST.
...but take a lot at epk's advice here;
As I said there, I used it as a basis for MIDI recording for years, and it was great, providing you saved data regularly.
In particular, it could also be synced up to analogue tape recorders, if you lost a track for a sync signal.
Anything you need to know about using it, mail me.
First, make sure you expand your Atari RAM by a couple of meg. You'll be scraping by otherwise.
They're fine for running MIDI.
But if you want the option to upgrade buy the all purpose PC.
That way if you do want to start editing audio, (and you will), you'll be halfway there.
Sonar for the PC is making it's presence felt since future versions of Logic are for Mac only, and having had a tour of it I can see why.
It seems to provide some of the best features of other sequencers and seems to be very processor friendly.
900 / 128 PC running Windows Me, Logic was very slow to edit audio and even couldn't loop properly without going out of time.
Sonar had no hassles and even on this budget system was able to run 6 tracks of audio.
You can always buy an external MIDI timer such as Emagic AMT or the Unitor 8 for tightening up your MIDI stuff.