Music Recording Software
There are lots of choices in music recording software ranging from free packages, such Audacity, to full featured professional packages.
Music recording software is generally referred to as a Digital Audio Workstation or DAW. They come with a bewildering array of features and this can make choosing a DAW confusing.
I have been a user of MAGIX software products for many years and the current Samplitude Music Studio 15 has just about all the features that I need.
Choosing DAW Software
Although you can get bogged down in comparing DAWs on a feature by feature basis, there are three primary criteria you should consider.
- If your computer is a MAC, you will need to use a MAC based DAW. However, most DAWs are available for the PC
- If you are mostly interested in LOOPs, then you should consider a DAW that is strong on LOOP based composition
- Finally, your budget will probably be the biggest factor in the DAW that you choose! Even inexpensive DAWs come with an impressive list of features that grows with each new version. Also, many expensive DAW programs are also available in “light” or limited-feature versions that can cost much less than their “full” versions.
DAW Software Choices
Some of the leading DAWs are:
- Magix Samplitude
- Cakewalk Sonar
- Ableton Live
- Pro Tools
- Logic Studio
- Sony Acid
- Digital Performer
- Fl Studio