In this digital age, a musician whether ‘amateur like me’ or professional can write and compose music from their Home Studio Recording. Or even from your bedroom or kitchen.
And to creating music on your PC or Mac you will need a software called Digital Audio Work Station (DAW)
Below, I’ve made 7 lists of DAW software that most known used for home and big studio recording. That you can choose one to use it for creating your own music from home.
Of course you have to buy the DAW software to use it for life time. However, you still can try the trial version before you decide to buy one that suit you.
Okay! let’s check em out
1. Cubase – DAW Software by Seteinberg
Doesn’t matter what is your music genres. Steinberg Cubase are a great DAW software for you to create music with.
Award-winning 32-bit floating-point Steinberg audio engine. This ‘beast’ can play Simultaneous playback of 48 audio tracks, 64 MIDI tracks and up to 24 physical inputs and outputs.
Dozens of built in VST instrument, effect processors, including high-end VST Dynamics, Score editing feature etc, different version of Cubase has different features.
The latest version of Steinberg Cubase : Cubase Elements 10, Cubase Artists 10 and Cubase Pro 10
Another Host Application software by Steinberg are Nuendo, Wave Lab, Dorico, Sequel. Check this awesome DAW atwww.steinberg.net for more details.
Or, you can check the app at Amazon to compare the price.
Or here at http://amzn.to/2rNTuy4 that you can get Steinberg Cubase Elements 9 Digital Audio Workstation (Educational Version) for only $74.95
2. Apple – 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 right where you need them.
Yeah Mac user can proud to have and use it! this software is awesome, have a cool and fancy user interface DAW software made by Apple.
A complete professional recording studio right on your Mac! for record, mixing and final master.
Massive library of Plugins, Virtual instrument, Sample, Preset etc that user can download directly from Apple website.
What more can I say? it’s just perfect! 👌🏼
Please visit Logic Pro page at apple.com for more complete information and price etc.
Sadly Logic Pro is not release a version for Windows.
3. Personus – Studio One 3
I really love the change in Studio One 3 user interface, Studio One 3 contains everything you expect from a modern digital audio powerhouse.
Once you touch, its fast, flow-oriented, drag-and-drop interface, you’ll realize Studio One 3 was built by creative people for creative music production.
Personaly this is one of my favorite DAW software, it’s easy to use recording software I’ve try.
Ready to try Studio One, but not quite ready to buy? They have two ways to get started and both are free.
For the full experience, download the Studio One Professional Demo which is fully-functioning for 30 days. Studio One Prime is an entry-level and non-expiring version of the software.
Best of all, in both versions you can save and export your work, so there’s no risk to using them on real projects. Check out at presonus.com for more information about the software.
4. Image Line – FL Studio 12
FL Studio (formerly known as FruityLoops) is a digital audio workstation (DAW) developed by the Belgian company Image-Line.
FL Studio features a graphical user interface based on a pattern-based music sequencer.
The program is available in three different editions for Microsoft Windows, including Fruity Edition, Producer Edition, and the Signature Bundle. Image-Line offers lifetime free updates to the program, which means customers receive all future updates of the software for free.
Image-Line also develops FL Studio Mobile for iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
If you are an electronic musician such Hip hop, DJ etc. That working based on MIDI Sequence this software is perfect for ya! check out FL Studio website for more info or if you wanna download the trial demo. Or check the app on Amazon to compare the price.
5. Avid – Pro Tools
Pro Tools is a digital audio workstation developed and released by Avid Technology for the Windows and OS X which can be used for a wide range of sound recording and sound production purposes.
Pro Tools can run as standalone software, or operate using a range of external analog/digital converters and internal PCI Local Bus (PCI) or PCIe audio cards with onboard digital signal processors (DSP) to provide effects such as reverb and compression.
Like all digital audio workstation software, Pro Tools can perform the functions of a multitrack recording, Mixing and Mastering.
I’ve never try using Pro Tools MY SELF and the paragraph above source from Wikipedia. Please visit avid.com for more information.
6. Acid Pro 7
ACID Pro 7 is a DAW powerhouse that combines full multitrack recording and mixing, MIDI sequencing, and looping functionality for a seamless studio production environment.
More creative partner than production tool, ACID Pro 7 software inspires like nothing else.
With its Transparent Technology design, ACID Pro 7 software removes typical barriers to the creative workflow so you can effortlessly transform ideas into real results.
If I am right originally Acid Pro was first developed by Sonic Foundry and become a part of Sony creative software and lately have sold to MAGIX GmbH, please visit magix-audio.com for more information.
You can also download and try the trial version to evaluate the software for free.
7. Cockos – Reaper
REAPER is initialism for Rapid Environment for Audio Production, Engineering, and Recording. Is a digital audio workstation created by Cockos. Is a complete digital audio production application for Windows and MAC OS X.
Offering a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset. Supports a vast range of hardware, digital formats and plugins, and can be comprehensively extended, scripted and modified.
Personally I really like Cockos -Reaper. It’s a great DAW with affordable price. If you looking for awesome DAW software at low cost, I totally recommend to buy REAPER.
However before you decide to buy you can download and try the trial version for free and fully functional 60-day evaluation. No registration or personal details are required. Please visit reaper.fm for more product details.
All the DAW Software listed above is not based on what the best but based on what most popular. And I only put 7 lists is because I just try to help peoples who want to start learning about home recording to create their own music.
There is also another good Digital Audio Workstation software that I do not include on the lists above like Ableton, Adobe Audition, Mixcraft, Harrison Mixbus etc.
However the most important thing is not what the software you use, but how you learn and use the software and work hard and smart to create your own music.
Digital music recording stuff is always challenging and always evolve following the technology that always change all the time.
So.. stay cool and keep learning by doing!