Posted: December 10, 2013
Music is the way I've made a living for over 10 years now. I have been fortunate enough to make it my job. I am admittedly a Pro-Tools snob. It is still an industry standard for a reason in my opinion. Though I will say that many other DAWs have closed the gap significantly and the arguments can certainly be made for a few DAWs being better for electronic or VI based sequencing. Anway, my opinions should be taken with this in mind.
My initial impressions of Ohm Studio have left me disappointed. My hope was for a fully functional DAW with a sharing feature and solid work-flow. Sadly though, the i/o options are limited, the interface is clunky, editing/mixing is slow, and the few options for customization are buried in a menu system with non-standard terminology. It bears a striking resemblance to Reaper at a glance, but lacks much of that DAWs functionality. (on a personal note, I wish that they had used a different design, Reaper has never felt right to me)
Ohm Studio is compatible with 32-bit VSTs, but not 64-bit, which is an odd choice considering that most DAWs are making a shift to a 64-bit environment. I have also heard complaints of some extremely popular VSTs not functioning correctly. Certain releases from Native Instruments
, and Waves have all been reported. (though it is my suspicion that most of the complaints are coming from users who do not have "legit" versions of these, I have Superior Drummer and Kontakt both working fine)
The most frustrating issue I've run into is the way it has handled errors thus far. BSOD has been a common occurrence for me. It is incompatible with my digi002 (my interface of choice). UPDATE: Since this review, I have it functioning with the DIGI002
In theory, Ohm Studio could be a adequate entry-level DAW for the amateur masses if they can fix some of their compatibility and stability issues. The tutorials seem thoughtful and clear. Ultimately, as it stands, you will need to pay for a premium version if you plan on creating music regularly. And it is that point where I recommend putting your money into a full-featured DAW (Pro-Tools, Reaper, Sonar, Studio One, etc)
. The professional applications of this software are limited at this juncture. It works as a basic music creation/recording software and while the sharing feature is a nice touch, the clunky editing and automation will leave most producers/engineers ripping out their hair.
I will be watching Ohm Studio closely though, as I hope it can be improved to become a legitimate player in professional music production. The developers seem to be driven and capable so I look forward to checking out future releases. But for now, I do not recommend Ohm Studio for audio professionals. It's just not on that level yet.