What is a Digital Audio Work Station (DAW) ?
A digital audio workstation (D.A.W.) is an electronic device or computer software application for recording, editing and producing audio files such as songs, musical pieces, human speech or sound effects. DAWs come in a wide variety of configurations from a single software program on a laptop, to an integrated stand-alone unit, all the way to a highly complex configuration of numerous components controlled by a central computer. Regardless of configuration, modern DAWs have a central interface that allows the user to alter and mix multiple recordings and tracks into a final produced piece.
DAWs are used for the production and recording of music, radio, television, podcasts, multimedia and nearly any other situation where complex recorded audio is needed.
Our picks for the top 5 best music production softwares :
Below is our listing for top 5 quality DAWs out there. Take into consideration the level you’re currently at, in which you propose on being for the future as well as the overall skills you’re searching out.
If you’re searching out some smart device DAWs as an alternative, check out our music production apps article.
1. Imageline – FL Studio
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2. Ableton Live
Since it’s introduction in 1999, Ableton Live has been a very popular DAW and for good reason. You’ve got the standard multi-track recording (an unlimited number of audio/MIDI tracks for songs) and cut/paste/splice features, but what’s especially great about this software is the seamless MIDI sequencing software and hardware. We’ve had so many fusses with our MIDI controllers getting mapped to our sounds through the DAW (back when we used Acid Pro in 2005-2010), but ever since the switch to Ableton it’s been extremely headache-free. Another huge plus is the included sound packages included. Although this really depends on your preferences and whether or not you have your gear and sounds up to speed, it comes with 23 sound libraries (about 50 GB of sounds), so you can make music out-of-the-box.
To finish off our description for the beloved Ableton, this thing is the absolute best music software for performing live. We’ve experienced very few glitches (the biggest fear of performers…it can make or break a set). What’s even better is that Ableton has paired up with some brands to create gear specifically for the program, often matching interfaces with the software for easier pairing and remembering of sounds.
3. Logic Pro X
What is Logic Pro X?
Logic Pro X puts a complete recording and MIDI production studio on your Mac, with everything a pro musician needs to write, record, edit and mix like never before. All in an intuitive interface that puts the tools you need exactly where you need them.
Plug-ins and sounds.
Logic Pro X comes with a massive collection of instrument and effect plug-ins. The Sound Library provides thousands of Patches and Apple Loops created by top sound designers. Whether you’re sweetening a melody, grinding out trap beats or building toward a big drop, you’ll never run out of possibilities.
4. Steinberg Cubase
Cubase is a music software product developed by German musical software and equipment company Steinberg for music recording, arranging and editing as part of a digital audio workstation. The first version, which ran on the Atari ST computerand recorded via MIDI only, was released in 1989.
Cubase — the DAW that puts creativity first
Spatious orchestral arrangements, experimental indie pop, floor-filling electronic music or enthralling metal — Cubase offers dedicated tools for all of these musical genres and many more. The world’s most popular DAW lets you record, edit and mix your songs like a musician, while providing you a professional, studio-grade audio quality at all stages of the creative process.
5. Studio One – PreSonus
When PreSonus dipped its toes into the high-end digital audio workstation (DAW) market a few years ago, it was a bit of a surprise. The market was thought saturated, nothing major had appeared in years, yet the company’s Studio One 1.0 proved almost immediately popular. Introducing the more efficient paned interface and drag-and-drop that industry mainstays Cubase, Logic, Sonar, and Pro Tools lacked proved enticing. It also didn’t hurt that Presonus bundled Studio One with its top-rated audio interfaces.
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