Using Google Trends to compare sequencers.


YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uh6rGYiDDk

Here’s an interesting “vlog” from a guy who calls himself Hydlide. He’s from The Netherlands (as you can tell by his accent) and is a Reason freak. What I find interesting is how he uses Google Trends to compare the popularity of sequencing apps. The good stuff starts around 2:19. I think he makes an error because if he compares Reason 4 to Ableton Live. Shouldn’t he compare Reason 4 to Ableton Live 7? I put that data into Google Trends and it reads quite differently than his assumptions.

I also think it’s a bit silly of him to knock Fruity Loops as just for noobs and therefore worthless. I’ll make music by clapping my hands and humming if I have to. Hydlide also says he hates all VSTs. Huh?

I know I am picking on Hydlide a bit so I have to say he has a great YouTube channel of Reason tutorials. If you use Reason definitely head on over. I am sure you can pickup some new techniques:
www.youtube.com/user/hydlide24

You can use use Google Trends to compare search popularity of other things too. Take a look at this comparison of Depeche Mode vs MGMT: click here

Interesting no?

7 Comments

  1. if you compare “propellerheads reason” with “ableton live”, which I think is the right search string, ableton is much more popular…

    it is interesting to compare “propellerheads reason 4″ with “ableton live 7″ you can see that the graph just starts as the software was announced…

    google is soo spooky

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  2. Wow, random. Yes, it’s clear he uses Reason and really has no idea what FL and Live are about. So be it — sounds like he’s happy with Reason. And if he hates VSTs, he’s found the perfect tool! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

    But if you want to compare software by Google Trends, the only really reliable way to do it is via the new website ranking, because that would get around people who search for, say, “ableton live 7″ versus “ableton” versus “live 7″ etc.:
    http://trends.google.com/websites?q=cakewalk.com%2C+ableton.com%2C+http%3A%2F%2Fwww.propellerheads.se%2F&geo=all&date=all&sort=0

    The problem is, what you get is really the search volume for the site. I’m guessing the Props site comes out way ahead because of regularly hosting download content. You’ll also notice search volume in general has fallen off over the summer; *that* trend I can definitely vouch for.

    But Google in general is a poor indication of the popularity of software. Too many other variables. It’s interesting for search / Web analysis, but not much else.

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  3. The most popular search for propellerheads reason would be simply “reason”, although this would be polluted by additional searchers seeking some sort of philosophical adjunct. The fairest comparison might be “reason 4″ and “live 7″. I’d say a lot of people dont use “propellerheads” as a search term, because it’s a bit long and awkward. Agreeing with Peter, it’s difficult to draw conclusions from such simple searches – a much more detailed analysis would be required to determine the relative popularity of these programs in the search engines…

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  4. Psh! Reasons for noobs. :) Ableton for life!

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  5. and yet another bashing contest has begun… you do know what started this whole post in the first place don’t you? People have been bashing me from day one… How many times I have had to delete comments inside my complete video series where people bash on me.

    Get your story straight: I have nothing against with Ableton Live. I just don’t prefer to use it. The bashing part on FL, makes perfect sense to me. I have been using FL. I know how it works… But by the fact that most FL people bash me, I had to come up with my response. And I have said: I hate 95% of VSTs.. Not all of them!

    If you quote me, then quote me correctly… Thank you

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  6. Hi Hydlide. I really like your videos.. very good… and sorry for the misquote. That said, I would still say it’s silly to hate 95% (smiles). I wouldn’t worry too much about YouTube comments they are notoriously full of bad behavior.

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  7. Hello Oliver, I wouldn’t say that it’s silly to hate 95% of VSTs. I think it’s a valid statement because it’s a matter of opinion in the first place. I would actually agree with that statement too because a majority of VSTs are buggy for one. Secondly, they just don’t emulate the original synthesizers, samplers, drum machines and vocoders the correct way. Anyone who has actually used almost every single VST instrument ever made for the PC or Mac would agree with me, especially if they have knowledge of the original analog equipment that they are supposed to emulate. For those who don’t agree, they obviously haven’t had any experience with hardware analog synthesizers or other electronic instruments so they wouldn’t know. They would just get offended because they like VSTs without knowing why. I’m not trying to flame on you or start anything, I’m just sharing a point of view that should be taken into consideration. For those who bash Reason and praise Ableton Live, you’re comparing apples to oranges. It’s a foolish comparison. If you’re going to compare Reason with anything, you should compare it with FL or Cubase. That’s it!!!

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