Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Deal Of The Year: Samplitude For A Tenner

Computer Music magazine is available for about 10 euros in this country. Generally it's hardly worth that, since it's not exactly brimming with investigative articles. For a beginner, however, the introductory reviews and tutorials are ok.

But every now and then, CM justifies its price on the basis of the software they stick on the "free" DVD that comes with the magazine. And in issue 119 they are offering the baby of the best multi-track recorder money can buy, Samplitude 9 SE. Even at the list price of 50 euros this is a great deal -- at a tenner it's a no-brainer.

I've gone on about this software at length in other articles. Suffice it to say that for most people this has all the features you'll ever want for home recording, and with the same top-of-the-line sound quality that sells for three grand in their flagship product.

You'll be limited to 8-track recording, 2 insert effects per channel, and 48 tracks in total. There's no score editor or MMC, room simulator or spectral cleaning. You won't be linking to video or mixing in surround sound.

But I doubt any of that really matters. The only features that I miss in SE is track freezing (but you can always bounce manually) and integrated CD burning, which I really wish they'd add in version 10.

I already own two Samplitude licenses but I'll be picking this up anyway. It's that good!

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