on 05 Aug 2008 11:36
Re: Ableton/Final Scratch....
in my experience, I find that sometimes programs like Final Scratch or Serato can have a very "tinny" sound when played on a loud club system. Maybe it's because the music I tend to focus on relies so much on sound quality and bass frequencies. From what I understand most sound systems are sound checked with vinyl and/or CDs. Dubplates have a similar problem; sometimes you really need to crank the gain and that can make everything distort if the sound check hasn't been done with dubplates.
Also, I have seen computer programs cause numerous problems, from crashing, to the needles not picking up the bass for whatever reason, to faulty cables, not enough space to sit your laptop, forgetting your box, and so on.
Abelton is different from Final Scratch and Serato tho. When Abelton is used correctly to its full capability, the results can be next-level. Final Scratch and Serato seem to be used more for music-cataloging and being able to take all your music with you, while Abelton is used more for its effects capabilities and taking your mix up a notch.
That said, I play almost only CDs. Easy to organize, easy to carry around, no problems with needles, easily replaceable, can finish a tune and have it ready to play at a moments notice, and so on. For me, CDs are the way to go. For now.