A DAW ( digital audio workstation) is probably the most important and central aspect of your music production set up.
It might just be the place where you will record, edit, mix and master all or most of your productions. It will be the bed where you lay out all your ideas, inspirations and ultimately spending countless hours working on your tracks and projects...!
There are many DAWs in the market nowadays and while things like work flow, usability, compatibility with specific third party tools etc... might vary, the fact is that most DAWs allow you to quickly start making music without the need to build an expensive home studio.
Whether you are starting out and need help chosing a sofware or you believe you need a fresh start and change from your current daw, there are many factors to consider when making the best choice:
First take a look at your computer system and determine if you need to upgrade any of your componentes ( ram memory, cpu or disk size).
Running large audio files or multiple plugins takes up a lot of resources from your system so make sure that your computer is prepared to handle it all and that it suits your needs - after all, you can only push your DAW to the limits of your own computer specs!
Depending on what you are doing you may need a daw that is stronger on certain features, for example:
If you are an engineer you probably need more mixing and recording capabilities and in this case Avid Pro-Tools might be the best option for you. It is the industry standard for most recording studios and professionals,
if you are an electronic music producer and/or dj you will probably be best served with a DAW that allows for a pleasent interface and where you can easily sequence drums and manipulate samples & loops on the fly,
if you are a songwriter/sound designer you probably need a DAW that allows for practical and easy access to a bunch of plug ins and virtual instruments and comes with strong MIDI editing features
Below are probably the top 5 DAWs used around the world. Choose the one which adapts best to your needs and your workflow!
LOGIC PRO X
Pros: lots of content, good value, solid performance, good workflow
Cons: only works on a mac
AVID PRO TOOLS
Pros: industry standard, great for recording and post-production
Cons: workflow not very modern, expensive
Pros: very popular, lifetime free updates, easy to learn, good for dance and hip hop producers
Cons: gui can get a bit cluttered
Pros: lots of content, refined interface
Cons: some features are difficult to find for beginners
Pros: the choice of most well known producers, next-level interface and workflow, perfect for Live performances
Cons: audio editing features not as good as other competitors
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