This week I’ve done a number of updates to the DAW Chart.

  • Updated the FAQ
    • I primarily use Cubase, Logic and Digital Performer. I haven’t used REAPER seriously since V6 was released.
    • Note Ease of use section in “Why is Ableton Live rated so low?”
  • Ease of Use - Added category and following sub-categories.
  • Software Defaults removed. Rolled into the above categories.
  • FLStudio updated for:
    • Scripting +3 - New Feature added
    • Themability +1 - New Feature added
  • Logic
    • Stability +1 - Zero crashes with Logic in 2020 despite approximately 400 hours of wide ranging use.
    • Step Sequencing +6 - New Feature added
    • Clip Launching +7 - New Feature added
    • Included Synth Plugins, many other products -1 (Logic was already 10)
  • Bitwig
    • Included Effects Plugins +1 - New EQ and Saturator Added
    • MIDI FX +1 - Arp updates, Selector Modes
    • MIDI Tools +2 - Selector Modes
    • Modularity, all other products -1 (Bitwig was already 10) - Grid additions in 3.1 and 3.2.
  • Live
    • Customer Support +6 (I’ve had multiple fantastic experiences with Ableton lately.)
  • Waveform
    • Manual -2 - Waveform 11 released with no updated manual
    • Community Support -2 - 3 poor experiences when asking questions with my anonymous account in 2020.
    • Bug Reporting +1 - New crash/bug reporting tool.
    • Changelogs -1 - No major version changelogs.
  • Bias (Larger numbers indicate less bias, positive numbers indicate potential unavoidable bias)
    • Preference - Waveform +5, Pro Tools +1, FLStudio +4, Live +10
      • Waveform 11 disappointing
      • Pro Tools moving slowly
      • FLStudio’s frustrating Event Editor
      • Live unrecoverably corrupted two projects and all backups! (No other files affected on the system)
    • Connections - Waveform +3, Mixbus -1
      • Haven’t spoken with Waveform team in a while.
      • Continue to have great discussions with members of Mixbus/Ardour team on various levels.
    • Frustration - REAPER +7, Studio One +40, Live +20
      • REAPER 6 not working properly on my system despite the bug report being seen.
      • S1 and Live should have been rated as extremely frustrating for me.
    • Community Interactions - REAPER + 5, Digital Performer -4, Studio One +2, Bitwig +2, Waveform +4
      • REAPER community has been more coarse than usual. 3/4 interactions on my anonymous account have been poor.
      • DP’s Motunation has been chiller and more helpful in 2020.
      • Studio One’s forums continue to be disappointing and fanboyish.
      • Bitwig’s Discord server is run poorly. Strange rules that are enforced without thought. Very annoying.
      • Waveform’s forums have been less useful and more harsh recently.

I also added these update posts to an “Updates” category.

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