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    • Hi Roger,

      Ooh! That stings! I wasn’t aware that they did that, as I never used Muse, but just taking stuff away like that is hard to bear, especially when you were creating sites for others as well.

      That’s interesting that you were more comfortable in InDesign. I guess you must have been a lot more comfortable in InDesign than I ever got, despite the training I did. I just did not find it intuitive, yet Affinity Publisher has pretty much everything right where I’d expect it to be. Maybe it’s because I was born and raised a few miles from the Affinity Serif offices. 🙂

      I am really enjoying Audacity, although Audition is a better all-round solution. My problem is that it’s not really possible to apply lots of plugin effects in Audacity, so I’m having to round-trip out of Audicity to another application to use filters etc. to remove the sound of my air conditioning etc. Yesterday I actually found what I think it my best option yet, although it takes a bit longer to export the file. For my music production I use Ableton Live, and I created a template project with all of the filters that I need to run on the audio in an Effects Rack, so now I just have to drop the audio into one track, and the effects/filters are already in place. My intro and outro music are on a second track and I can easily drag them around to align the ending. Unfortunately, Ableton only outputs MP3 audio at 320 kbps, so I have to output a WAV and take that back into Audicity, then output my 190 kbps podcast file. It’s a few extra steps but I can live with that, and there is plenty to do while the export is running.

      I agree that Lightroom is the best DAM solution. I had to break my single Lightroom catalog into multiple catalogs when I moved to Capture One Pro.


    • Hi Hans,

      Thanks for pointing out DaVinci Resolve! I just took a look and downloaded the free version. I’m not sure I need any of the paid version features, so this may be fine. I see that the paid version is $299, the same price as Final Cut Pro, so if I do need to upgrade, it will be difficult to decide which way to go, as working with industry standards is often better for sharing projects etc. Most people I’ve worked with on video projects are either Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro X.

      Having said that, I do like the look of DaVince Resolve, and I don’t collaborate that often, so you never know. Thanks again!


    • Hi Tim,

      Yes, by standalone I meant non-cloud, as in Classic. I just have a hard time with the word Classic with regards to a piece of software that I used to love.

      I would love to be able to travel with just an iPad Pro and would trade-in my current one for the latest model if only Capture One Pro was also available for iOS, but I agree, the chances of that happening are probably very slim, so I think I’m stuck with my MacBook Pro for travel. I actually always take the iPad Pro as well, but a reduction in baggage weight is always welcome.


    • Hi Hans,

      A recommendation from someone with your background is certainly worth a lot. The features in the paid version don’t seem necessary to me at this point, so I agree that the free version will probably be enough.

      To be honest, I don’t really like free. I’d prefer it if there was a basic version for say $100 and the full version for $299. I always feel as though I’m taking advantage of a company by using free products. But, if that’s their business model, I’ll certainly give DaVinci a good run for its, erm, money. :/

      Thanks again for your recommendation. I’d literally never heard of DaVinci, but I’m looking forward to checking it out now.


    • That’s interesting Hans. How many files are you managing in one catalog?

      It might be worth me trying again, although I do have my workflow working pretty well at the moment. Certainly worth revisitng though if Capture One Pro can now handle it.


    • Thanks, Hans. It’s definitely improved then. When I tried to import my entire catalog, which was probably around 280k images at the time, it did not complete. I left it for many hours, and the process just kept crashing.

      I’m not sure that I need to go back to having everything in one catalog, but I’ll certainly try merging a few and see how Capture One Pro handles it now.

      Thanks for the pointer!


    • Hi Daniel,

      I have actually trialled REAPER as a DAW, because it apparently has really good MPE support. I found it difficult to work with, but I have to admit I did not give it much time.

      UltraSchall looks great though, so I’ll give both UltraSchall and REPEATER another try when I get some time. I’ve just downloaded them to my desktop as a reminder. Lack of English might be a problem if it’s really difficult to use, but hopefully I’ll be able to figure it out.

      Oh, BTW, I don’t qualify for the 65 Euro license for REPEAPER, so I’ll have to spring the 225 if I decide to go this route. 🙂

      Thanks for the pointer Daniel!


    • Hi Ian,

      It’s great to hear that we have followed pretty much the same paths. I’ve been watching the Affinity suite with interest, but with the first half of my year being like a whirlwind, I didn’t notice the beta of Publisher. It was the release announcement that caught my eye, and I’m glad it did!

      I will certainly give DaVinci Resolve a try. I was thinking of Final Cut Pro because I didn’t have an alternative, but now that you and Hans have told me about DaVinci, I’m pretty much sold. Thanks!


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