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Doug Rogers
04-07-2005, 11:39 AM
We're interested to know what other forums you visit regularly, and which of them you like the most, and why?

- Doug

04-07-2005, 11:49 AM
I visit forums for the products I have, I visit most the ableton one, quite usefull. I like the fact that I see who is online on that one. I browse since e few days de V.I. Control furum, nice one with only composers, I was on NS but now go to this one and love it for informations and people's feedback. I browse a french one called Audiofanzine, it is a large public forum, for musicians mainly, the site gives news also, and the forum is very lively and sometimes helpfull, though not very professionnal. I met nice people there and put up nice project.

What I love in a forum is beeing in touch with the developpers, sharing with other composers and learning new tips and tricks. Support, meeting, knowlegde... those are the three for me....



04-07-2005, 11:56 AM
Everyday Northern Sounds, in particular Garritan.
Sometime VSL and rarely Finale forum.

04-07-2005, 12:22 PM
I visit northernsound.com quite regularly. Then, motifator.com some times, and local (Finnish) forums daily.

04-07-2005, 12:27 PM
i visited nothern sounds a lot but in the last time it changes more to v.i. control.

frederick is really a nice guy and the most important is, that his forum is independent. there is no control, no stuff going on and no bannings :) ... since i was banned on the garritan forum on northern sounds only because i mentioned that i don't have GPO BUT find it okay as a tool ... i don't like things like that to happen. thats why i am also pretty happy that SO got their own forum here.

i also visit a german gamedeveloper forum called USF where i also post all my demos i do from time to time *whistles* :cool:

also i visit the forums of the products i have except EW and QL stuff, like SAM, Toontrack or the cubase & native instruments forum.

04-07-2005, 12:51 PM
I check Kvraudio.com a few times a day.

04-07-2005, 12:54 PM
I read my own forums (http://www.play.net/forums/) the most. 1 click, and I have *every new message in every topic that has new messages*. I really detest vbulletin, phpbb, etc., et., etc., because of all the reading & clicking I have to do to see "just the new messages". (Even the new messages toggle is not helpful, since I have to read EVERY new message in EVERY topic in EACH forum, because there's only the one "last time on" for my user name.)

That said, I read here. I read NSS's EW forums, and the NSS Kontakt/NI forum, and the NSS VI forum. It's still at least one or two clicks extra per topic to get to the "next unread" message.

I read Sibelius's private newsgroups in Thunderbird where I can just type 'n'.

And I read usenet on panix.com using 'nn', but nothing about samplers, there.

I was really spoiled by GEnie's ALADDIN product, 1 button and the thing logs you onto GEnie, navigates to 24 RoundTables, gets all new messages, gets all new files, and logs off. (This was in the days of $/hour bulletin board systems.)

04-07-2005, 01:22 PM

I visit the VI Control, NS, Toontrack, Native Instruments and now Soundsonline forums. Like a few others have posted, I'm spending more time at the VI Control forums over NS because it is an open, honest community that is, at the same time respectful.

The NS forum has gotten too heavy-handed in its approach to curb malicious and disrespectful posting. The quick trigger-finger approach to banning as well as the politics behind many posts is also something that I have found less and less useful to myself. Basically, unless you're sugar-coating something, your post is not allowed there.

I'd like to see this forum be a place where open and honest discussion (always respectfully of course) of EastWest products is welcomed and allowed. I'd hate to see it be a place where no one is allowed to criticize in a constructive manner (ie no bashing but objectively pointing out issues) and only posts praising your products are allowed.

Anyway, best of luck in keeping these user forums a place where people want to come in order to learn more about your products as well as resolve any issues that they may have. I'm glad that you have taken this step for your company.


Stefan Podell
04-07-2005, 01:22 PM
I've been reading just NSS for this topic, though they have lost a fair amount of goodwill, of late.

I, too, don't like vBulletin's new messages management. It's particularly annoying that if I don't get around to reading a thread, and then come back later, it may no longer be "new."

04-07-2005, 01:31 PM
I frequent MusicMaker forums (Keyboard Magazine), Northern Sounds, Motivator, IrishActs, and now here. It's interesting; I miss interacting with real professionals at MusicMaker. Motivator and IrishActs, and those folks are mostly into electronic and rock at a very amature level. At NS, here and VI Control, it's mostly classical and film score people. I wish I could find a forum that included real professionals in a variety of genres.

04-07-2005, 01:46 PM
I visit Film Score Monthly Message board (mostly because I occasionally write for the magazine), John williams.net, Northern Sounds, GenieSoft (more recently), occasionally VSL (not much activity on there), and more recently HERE.

04-07-2005, 01:57 PM
I'm a SONAR user so Scott Garrigus' Digifreq forum is a daily stop along with the Cakewalk SONAR forum. I'm a EWQLSO Gold user, so Northern Sounds has been a weekly stop - specifically looking for Doug Rogers' posts to keep up with anything I've missed. I stop by KVR every once in a LOOOOONG while for SampleTank news but I've noticed I'm doing that less and less frequently lately. I'm not sure the reason - just seems I pick up more at Northern Sounds I guess. As you can see, it's mainly the products I use that affect which forums I visit. I drop in to Bela D once a week to see when GIOVANI is coming out or any updates for DIVA and that is a perfect example. I'll be here A LOT since I will be investing in Symphonic Choirs. That's my two and a half cents!

Doug Rogers
04-07-2005, 02:31 PM
Can you post the links to these forums so we can check them out?

We're trying to figure out what features of a forum are essential to keep it vibrant and interesting. Obviously the forum members themselves contribute to this but there must be other reasons why a particular site is more popular than others.

- Doug

Sean R. Beeson
04-07-2005, 02:37 PM
When I was younger I liked to go the forums where the big dogs hung around. Northern Sounds just had some prominent composers and so I figured that I can learn from them. I think the forum here is looking good, feels good, and is becoming more full everyday.


04-07-2005, 02:38 PM
Fredrick has made V.I. Control to be a most interesting, balanced and friendly forum with its focus on composition and sampling and other musical interests. What makes it different from other forums are the open and honest discussions and the fact that it doesn't have hidden agendas and heavy-handed censorship that control discussions. It also have a nice mix of serious focus and playful banter which makes it both inspiring and friendly. And interestingly, it has the best signal-to-noise ratio. There is very little bickering and fighting as you might see on kvr for example.

NS (dare I really say what I think? I fear not. Brrrrrrr!!) Well, what I can say is that the archives there were a goldmine of useful information for QLSO users. I hope this information doesn't disappear forever!

04-07-2005, 02:38 PM
MusicMaker: http://www.musicplayer.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi
Motifator: http://www.motifator.com/forums/index.php?Cat=1,2,4
Irish Acts (Korg Related Site, temporarily down to change servers) http://www.irishacts.com/forum/
VI Control http://www.vi-control.net/forum/

04-07-2005, 02:53 PM

What makes it interesting is the feature wishlist section, and the beta testing section (which I guess is not possible with sample librairies....)

04-07-2005, 03:07 PM
Well, the main forums I vist are product related, as they are most practical to me.

http://www.northernsounds.com well the main site for different samples for me over the last year or two.
http://homerecording.com/bbs/index.php for recording stuff like guitars and what not.
http://recording.org/ again for most recording stuff, and also product knowledge stuff particularly around pre amps.
http://www.soundonsound.com/ again more of the ablove
http://www.cakewalk.com/forum/tt.asp?forumid=5 Lastly is the Sonar forum.

There are a million more that I could probably check out but these ones cover most of what I need so far

04-07-2005, 05:03 PM

I visit Northern Sounds daily. I like the EW and sample libraries areas. I also like the VI area but wish it wasn't so Stylus RMX heavy.

I find most of the threads at NS to be well thought out and interesting enough for me. I suppose I'll habg out here as well.

All the very best,


Stefan Podell
04-07-2005, 05:12 PM
We're trying to figure out what features of a forum are essential to keep it vibrant and interesting.

I, for one, really liked the off topic board at NSS. Obviously some other people got rubbed the wrong way, though...

04-07-2005, 07:42 PM
What brings people in is a perception of high value for what they need at that moment, whether that is measured in "buzz" (John Williams is here, maybe I'll get his autograph), in "officialness", in "bandwagon" (everyone else is there, I should be too), in "appropriateness" (is this the Best/RIGHT place to find technical support), and so on.

What keeps people coming back is two fold:

a high signal-to-noise ratio in the topics that hold information / conversation about a specific topic,

and a warm sense of camraderie, where people are not allowed to be assholes toward others without penalties.

Well, and of course, having their needs serviced in the first place.

04-07-2005, 09:12 PM
I visit NS and VI, but I'm really getting afraid of being banned on NS. I'm opinionated. I admit it. I have an opinion. But, I get warnings from people about what I say sometimes. It's weird. I don't like it.


04-07-2005, 09:18 PM
Sonar (http://www.cakewalk.com/forum/tt.asp?forumid=5)
KVR (http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/index.php)
and now here

04-07-2005, 09:24 PM
Northern Sounds is deplorable. Not the posters of course. Great group of people. But the "administrators"....well they are a whole other story. :mad:

Robert H. Weston II
04-07-2005, 10:04 PM
Soundsonline.com I use the products almost exclusively, and the professional atmosphere by both creators and users.

Northernsounds.com to keep abreast of what is happening with other products and how people are using them.

johnlsayers.com this is a truly helpful, and insightful resource for anything dealing with the acoutics, and studio design. Very professional community there.

Cakewalk.com I use Sonar 4PE for all my sequencing needs. Professionalism is hit and miss with some of it's members, but way better than Steinberg's forums.

04-07-2005, 10:16 PM
2 of my faves:

SAWStudio User Forum



04-07-2005, 11:07 PM
Northern Sounds is deplorable. Not the posters of course. Great group of people. But the "administrators"....well they are a whole other story. :mad:

What happend to you there D.? All seemed okay then you got p.o.ed. Do tell.



Scott Rogers
04-08-2005, 12:02 AM
In no particular order:

Sibelius User Area Forum

Unicornation (for DigitalPerformer)

V.I. Control (this forum has probably the nicest look to it of any forum I've ever seen.)

Less and less do I venture behind the iron curtain at NorthernSounds

04-08-2005, 05:15 AM
In no particular order:

Sibelius User Area Forum

Unicornation (for DigitalPerformer)

V.I. Control (this forum has probably the nicest look to it of any forum I've ever seen.)

Less and less do I venture behind the iron curtain at NorthernSounds

I extracated myself from that forum due to the treatment of Doug and Nick. Besides, I was getting frustrated with some posters who didn't respect the input of professional composers. No great loss.

They should re-name it Northern Fascist Sounds though. Freedom of speech there is....well, an illusion.

04-08-2005, 06:09 AM
V.I. Control (this forum has probably the nicest look to it of any forum I've ever seen.)

What is VI Control? I've never heard of it.

04-08-2005, 06:24 AM

04-08-2005, 06:40 AM
Mostly here. But also still Northern Sounds and occasionally Sonicmatter for Logic stuff. Also, once in a while I visit www.3DAudioInc.com for discussion on studio building and mics and things like that. Company is owned by an old friend of mine here in Nashville who is a really great mastering engineer.

Chaim Goldman
04-08-2005, 07:50 AM
Most visited for me:



And http://www.unicornation.com since I use Digital Performer.

Others I visit less frequent are:


http://www.kvraudio.com mainly for the news section.

https://www.nativeinstruments.de (when I really need it)

http://www.osxaudio.com/forums (great place)

http://www.toontrack.com (since I use there stuff)

2 most important things in my opinion for a successful forum would be:

1. If it's a forum that the company but together - that the owner or who ever is in charge should be there and answer all questions patiently.

2. the people on the forum are nice to each other and care to answer a post if they know some thing about it. And posters don't feel ashamed to post dumb questions.

(For me a site like this one (sounds-online) would be great to be able to upload any mp3 demos directly to the site, instead of searching for a free web hosting site. I see that it IS possible to attach files but they are most probably very limited for mp3 stuff.)

04-08-2005, 03:19 PM
VI control all the way. I read NS a lot but mostly just for laughs. VI control seems to be the forum a lot of banned and unsatisfied people from NS have travelled to. On VI control you don't have to stop before posting and wonder if your post is going to get you banned or in trouble from those who live in happy candy land and can't take any non overly positive opinion. Also any forum that has Simon Ravn on it instantly gets an A+ from me!

04-08-2005, 05:16 PM
VI Control is to me the best forum for musicians. A lot of Pros are hanging there and as the other pointed, there is a really nice way of doing things over there... people can share their point of view or ask for help without any problem.... So far I haven't seen any stupid or flamish discussion, and Frederick is an incredible moderator...

04-09-2005, 01:11 PM

I'm really proud to be a member of Music Lounge (http://forum.cubase.net/phpbb2/viewforum.php?f=13), at Cubase.net (http://forum.cubase.net/phpbb2/index.php) Forum.



04-10-2005, 05:06 AM
My number 1 site that I always go to (sometimes 15 times a day) is kvraudio.com (I have it set up as my homepage). I love this site because of the news section and because the developers of many of the plugins/synths/workstations/hosts that I own use kvr as their support forum.

Since I use SONAR 4, I browse the cakewalk.com forum a few times a day.

I used to view northernsounds.com but it has gone downhill over the last while. I think I check out the NSS forum a couple times a week.

Despite owning many Native Instruments' plug-ins, I rarely browse the forum at nativeinstruments.com

sugar hari
04-12-2005, 05:45 PM
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf - DV iCommunity (film)

http://www.osxaudio.com/ - OSXAudio (forum) = http://www.osxaudio.com/forums/index.php

http://www.tapeop.com - TapeOp (forum)

http://www.northernsounds.com - Northern Sounds - (sorry to hear about the split - that's the way the cookie crumbles tho.) Still, there'll be quite a void in the realm, over yonder. I appreciated all of the "tribes" on one island, plenty. Hope there's a way to save the archives / goldmine. I must have 200 conversations bookmarked - some printed and 3-hole punched.

http://www.soundonsound.com - Sound on Sound - forum / reviews / articles

http://www.lynda.com - Lynda - (for Dreamweaver, Flash, Final Cut Pro - excellent subscription-based tutorials)

East West Wishlist: an online learning library for EW Quantum Leap-ers. Movie-based tutorials - an occasional freebie or $25.00 per month subscription. I'd pay moola for "show me" Quicktime movies (like Berklee School of Music online tutorials for their classes.) Something like Lynda.com's "view all titles" in the dropdown window. A more interactive website - progressive, in terms of actual demonstration (keys to the castle), training programs, knowledge base beyond print, permanent stickies - or world wide realtime conference/class using Breeze. (macromedia.com) - Everything from writing for the tuba to how to daisy-chain visiondaw systems in a studio with (choose audio interface) and a G5 powermac. Make the orchestral landscape more approachable. [win win]

04-12-2005, 10:46 PM
I belong to the following forums (the ones marked with an * are my favorites):

1) * www.allnurses.com Why? I'm a nurse (as well as a composer/musician). I am also co-administrator & moderator of this very LARGE and BUSY forum. I'm proud to be part of this nursing/healthcare-focused bulletin board. There are LOTS of great experience and knowledge about healthcare found there.

2) * www.dvinfo.net/conf Why? I hold a deep interest in digital video. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience found here.

3) * www.cubase.net Why? I'm a long time owner/user of Steinberg products. Lots of knowledge and experience found here.

4) * www.composeforums.com Why? To re-connect, re-develop and further expand my compositional skills.

5) www.northersounds.com Why? Again, to further develop my compositional skills. It's also home of the GPO forum. (Sorry to read about the split. Don't know the issues surrounding the split. :( )

6) www.sony.com/mediasoftware Why? This site has active product-support forums. I'm also a long time owner/user of Sonic Foundry/Sony products. I visit the Vegas forum fequently. Again, lots of knowledge and experience found on this particular forum dealing with digital video.

7) www.creativecow.net Why? Although I haven't visited this particular bulletin board in a while, I've learned a lot about digital video from this site. It has a extensive list of support forums for a lot of digital audio/video software and hardware products.

I just joined this particular bulletin board. I'm a proud owner of the "EWQLSO - Gold Edition" orchestral sound library. I am sure I'll be coming here for product support when needed. It's a fine product. Someday I hope to own the "Platinum Pro Edition". . . . Somday! ;)

Good luck with your new site! :)



Mike Greene
04-13-2005, 11:34 PM
I visit www.3DAudioInc.com for discussion on studio building and mics and things like that. Company is owned by an old friend of mine here in Nashville who is a really great mastering engineer.
I assume that would be Lynn Fuston? Ten or twelve years ago there was a part of AOL called Craig Anderton's SSS (Sound, Studio and Stage or something like that.) Lynn was a regular there. Very nice guy. Wow, that seems like a million years ago!

- Mike Greene

04-14-2005, 04:47 AM
I am very frequently in the Music Lounge (http://forum.cubase.net/phpbb2/viewforum.php?f=13) on Cubase.net (http://forum.cubase.net/phpbb2/).

It's a great, friendly place, with lots of very talented, helpful and interesting people!


04-14-2005, 11:40 PM
Just signed-on here, its really nice! Good going EW. :D

I would have said NS as my first (after this new one!) but recent atmospheric changes over there have caused me to frequent it little.

I like KVR. It's sophmoric but often fun. I'm not into too many forums anymore. I'll be here most of the time. ;)

04-14-2005, 11:46 PM
Mainly just to peek in and because a lot of the smaller developers have their official forums there. The quality of discussion there seems to vary - especially over the past year or so.

Has nothing to do with music and I wasn't going to list it at all, but I think for your purposes, it might actually be worth a look. You'll notice that the forum is broken up by kinds of programs used... in your case, this could be an EWQLSO forum, an RA forum, etc. Then they have more generic sections depending on what you're working on... which in your case, could be something like games, video, general audio, etc. They also have sections for WIPs (works in progress), general discussions on art (in your case music), and also tutorials.

Don't know whether that may be of help or not, but I figured I'd list it just in case. :)

04-14-2005, 11:48 PM
Just signed-on here, its really nice! Good going EW. :D

I would have said NS as my first (after this new one!) but recent atmospheric changes over there have caused me to frequent it little.

I like KVR. It's sophmoric but often fun. I'm not into too many forums anymore. I'll be here most of the time. ;)

Nexus, I think you nailed it re KVR... sophmoric but often fun.

04-15-2005, 07:16 PM
NSS & KVR and less frequently Digidesign DUC

04-15-2005, 08:08 PM
I visit Line 6...Toontrack. And my two forums
The Hotplate (http://www.thehotplate.com)
Blastology! (http://www.blastology.net) Stop by and say hello! :D

04-16-2005, 08:25 AM
I visit some forum like :

AudioKeys.com (french) :

Open Labs :

KvR Audio :

Harmony-Central :

Motifator :

Fantomized :

Audiofanzine (French) :

And now Soundsonline... :) :D


04-16-2005, 08:44 AM
They've been mentioned before so I won't like to them, but the Cakewalk Forums and K-v-R. I go to lots of product specific forums maybe every other week, but those two are the big ones.

Take Care

Stephen Rees
04-18-2005, 09:09 AM
Northernsounds - I like it for general news and factual type information regarding sample libraries. I find it pretty good all round for sample library comparisons and reviews and useful for general music production and music business questions.

V.I. - Just started using it and found it to be a pretty cool place to spend time. It's actually more gently moderated than NS, and so far seems a fun and informed place.

KvR - Great for technical support on various products. Never found it particlarly helpful for sample library discussion (NS and VI are much better for that), but the KvR forum covers virtual synths better than anywhere else I know.

That's about it for regular forum visits for me.


Silicon Audio Labs
04-18-2005, 02:59 PM
http://www.Gearslutz.com :)

Northern Sounds :rolleyes:

http://www.Sonikmatter.com :)

04-18-2005, 11:19 PM
Here's the order that I frequent each forum (top being the most)

Tastyfresh - http://www.tastyfresh.com

FLstudio - http://www.flstudio.com

this forum

KVR - http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/index.php

EchoingGreen - http://www.echocentral.com/forum

Native Instruments - http://www.nativeinstruments.com

my own - http://www.KingdomAgeAudio.com (which is really crappy right now...)

I think what really makes these forums is the people. They are allowed to be themselves there and it always has a part of the forum set aside where people can talk about anything they want and be friends

I have a feeling that your forum will move its' way up to 1 :D

Steve Karl
04-19-2005, 03:55 AM

Very helpfull for Sonar, and issues with PC / DAW.
Everything from tweaking the system to building from scratch,
picking your motherboard CPU etc.


04-20-2005, 10:10 AM
I think VI control is going to be the place for Sample users, both professionals and amateurs.


sugar hari
04-23-2005, 09:00 AM
While searching for acoustical design/treatment of rooms, (bass traps, diffusion, ISO, etc), I stumbled into ProSoundWeb (http://www.prosoundweb.com/forums/) . (Of interest: R/E/P - Recording Engineer and Producer). There's also a wide array of topics in re to Church Sound, Live Audio Board, Lighting, etc. Good bookmark.

04-23-2005, 12:43 PM
VI Control or course :)

04-23-2005, 01:20 PM
in no particular order:

Northern Sound Source
Nuendo's forum http://forum.nuendo.com
uad's forum http://www.chrismilne.com/uadforums/
musicplayer's forum : http://www.musicplayer.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi
3D Audio Inc http://www.3daudioinc.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=forum&f=1
Lynxstudio forum : http://www.lynxstudio.com/forum/default.asp

those are the main ones.

04-25-2005, 08:38 PM
I hope non-music related forums count...

www.gamefaqs.com - it's unfortunate, about 99% of the posting that occurs there is merely arguing... but it's also a great place to find the latest game news and rumors, as well as one of the few places I can discuss video game composition with others, at least to a small extent...

http://www.dqshrine.com/forum/ - it's really a forum for multiple websites... I'm a huge Dragon Quest fan, what can I say?

www.gamedev.net - I visit this whenever I'm in the mood for taking up a game project which doesn't pay and usually ends up being canned before it has a chance to be released... (resentful? sadly, yes...)

www.harmony-central.com - I visit this when I have general equipment questions... from computers to guitar to whatever... but not often...

www.whiterabbitpress.us - some of the best kanji cards I've ever seen... I visit here to discuss Japanese sometimes...

http://www.japanese-online.com/ - another very good website for those interested in Japanese...

I'm trying to find a forum to discuss music with college level students as well, as I am currently starting on my Master's degree... but haven't found much there...

and of course this one :)

07-01-2005, 01:06 PM
Bringing this topic back.

Is anybody else having trouble loggin onto the VI control forum?


07-01-2005, 01:39 PM
Yeah, it seems to be down now.

07-01-2005, 01:43 PM
Yeah, it seems to be down now.

Oh, okay. For a moment there I was thinkin', "darn, booted off another forum again" :( :D

I hope it's just a server glitch and not something more.


07-01-2005, 06:16 PM
You guys of course :)

Cakewalk for Project 5 and Sonar (Project 5 forum is awesome - helpful, friendly, funny people - I've learned A LOT from them)

KVR for the following sections: Instruments, Samples and the company forums for each of the products I own e.g., Camel Audio, RGC Audio, and Sonic Reality/esoundz

Sony Acid and Vegas though they are really starting to resemble NSS and I don't care for that environment/behavior

Steve Millikan
07-01-2005, 09:15 PM
Digidesign, daily - for Mac TDM, and occasionally the MIDI forum there as well.

07-01-2005, 09:35 PM
I go on Northen Sounds and Bela D forum :)

07-03-2005, 08:20 AM
here is my detailed forum list which is realy good IMHO
















07-03-2005, 08:47 AM
www.silexz-studios.com/forum because it's a nice humble little community that deals mainly with electronica music.

the vienna forums, mainly to check out other demos that people put up

soundsonline forums, for the contests and tech support

and the Teens Living with Cancer board because...well.......yea......

07-03-2005, 09:45 AM
Oh, okay. For a moment there I was thinkin', "darn, booted off another forum again" :( :D

I hope it's just a server glitch and not something more.


Server glitch - we're good :)

07-05-2005, 06:36 AM

Can you post the links to these forums so we can check them out?

We're trying to figure out what features of a forum are essential to keep it vibrant and interesting. Obviously the forum members themselves contribute to this but there must be other reasons why a particular site is more popular than others.

- Doug

I visity mostly this forum, SONAR, of course, since I use my EWQL products in SONAR, and a forum called Tek-Tips for computer professionals for help with computer hardware problems and Windows XP.



I occasionally check out other forums, particularly those which deal with other software products that I use (mostly when I need to answer a question, and seldom otherwise) but not nearly as frequently as these three. Actually, now that I've gone past most of the major hardware set-up issues, I don't visit Tek-Tips as much anymore. And I think, actually, that I spend way too much time on the SONAR forum because there is just so much to learn. I should spend more time making music. :p

In response to your curiosity about what makes for an active forum, it seems to me that both the SONAR and the Tek-Tips forums have regular contributors that are extremely knowledgeable who spend a great deal of time answering questions and contributing on a regular (daily) basis. So much so that I have often wondered if some of these people are paid by the forum hosts to be regular contributors. Tek-Tips has a weekly "contest" to see who wins the MVP award for that week and posts a list of the top MVPs. I sometimes wonder when these people have time to do their "real" job (or whether answering questions on the forum might not be their "real" job). SONAR also has several regulars that answer questions on such a regular basis that one is justified, I think, in wondering "When did they find the time to learn as much about SONAR as they apparently do?"

Another thing that both of the above forums have in common is that they each are subsets of a well-organized collection of specialized, interrelated forums with "off-topic" siblings (Cakewalk's "Coffe House, for example) just a click away.

I find the SONAR forum typically (with occasional exceptions duly noted, of course) to be a generally friendly place, too.

My 2 cents.