What Features do DAWs Have?
Why Do I Need a DAW?
How to Choose a DAW?
There are many DAWs out there, so how do you decide which one is best for you?
Top 3 Free DAWs
A great place to start if you have never touched a digital audio workstation before is one of the free options before you dive in too deep (some DAWs can get pricey!).
Audacity: Audacity is great for those seeking to do simple recording, editing, or mixing.
Cakewalk: Cakewalk is fully-free and fully-featured but is sadly only for Windows users.
Garageband: Fortunately, Mac users aren’t left hanging. Most Mac computers come stock with Garageband – another free audio workstation capable of most sonic tasks.
Reaper: Reaper stands out as one of the best Paid DAWs not only because it’s only $60 but because there are zero limitations, meaning any audio professional can accomplish their project with Reaper.
Ableton Live: Ableton Live is well known for its unique system that can be used for live music performances. On top of that, they have some of the best stock plugins out there.
Pro Tools: Often considered the ‘industry standard’ for those in music and post-production, Pro Tools is one of the most robust audio editing suites thanks to its native recording abilities and layout.
DAWs With Special Features
Ohm Studio: Ohm Studio is the first real-time collaborative pro DAW. Start a project, invite musicians and make music together.
Adobe Audition: Audition is an excellent offering from Adobe that makes up for what it lacks in features with its compatibility with the rest of the Adobe suite. Thus it is an excellent option for video producers who need a streamlined way of editing their audio.
Reason: Reason makes its way onto this list for its modular and CV capabilities. With a plethora of synths available, this DAW is great for the ultra-creative musician. Don’t forget to double-check your computer specs before diving into a DAW. Most modern machines are more than capable of running these workstations but better safe than sorry!