The 6 Best DAW APPS
We will be looking at the 6 Best DAW’s that have been designed For Music Producers in 2022. Some of the best music production software/programs available.
This is a question most music producers ask.
We have outlined the 6 best and most used DAW’s, used by music producers worldwide, not just by the public/upcoming music producers but also professional and major music producers working with signed artists and commercial projects.
6 Best Daws we will be looking at today, outlining main and best features.
- FL Studio
- Pro Logic
- Pro Tools
- Ableton Live
- Steinberg Cubase Pro
What is a DAW?
Daw questions seem to be popping up everywhere over the internet, which seems to be quite a big question by many music producers, this is what it stands for; digital audio workstation
Yup, you got it right, it’s the software you use for producing music, the main software you use for placing all of the creative musical compositions, that software you probably spend more time in the evenings with than you do with your wife in some cases, but we won’t go down that route.
Daw enables the music producer to mix multiple sound inputs/outputs on a time-based grid.
The main question that all music producers seem to ask themself is what is the right DAW for me? The answer is, it all depends on the music producer, all daws come with different strengths and different weaknesses.
How to Choose the right DAW?
Choosing the correct daw is quite a quick process, mostly involving the music producer downloading and testing a free trial before purchasing the full version. Of course, every music producer will be comfortable using a different DAW software package.
Which daw should I use?
This seems to be the main question that all music producers seem to be unsure of, so we are here to make your choice a little bit easier.
The main 6 daws with the highest search terms in 2021 are listed from 1 to 6, each of the DAW’s comes with extra info to help you select the right daw that’s most suited for you.
Easy interface, great to start off with, good core plugins, ok for vocals.
FL Studio works on both macOS and windows. Running for over 23 Years now, fl studio is well-established and used by many modern and professional music producers. Also available on App Store to use on mobile as you are on the move.
Quick FL Studio Preview
FL Studio comes with a free trial that has limits, also comes with advance;
- Advance Mixer with send bus and input/output features
- Advance Browser & Playlist
- Advanced Piano Roll
- Advance Instrument and effects
- Drum sequence builder on screen
- built-in core plugins and VST’s
- Extra bonus music production tools
Professional and crisp sound, harder to learn, best for vocals, support macOS only
When it comes to selling and selecting the most professional and mostly used DAW by the professionals and music industry, Logic Pro (any versions) are commonly used when it comes to mixing and mastering tracks, recoding professional vocal’s and compiling modern music (instrumentals).
Quick Introduction/Tutorial Video to Logic Pro X
In simple terms, Logic Pro is the best option out of this list here to get started with, as you will probably be using the same software to compose and produce material for the commercial audience.
- Advance mixer with stereo audio/software and auxiliary strip slots
- Huge sound library
- Amazing core pro-sounding VST plugins
- Surround and Spatial Audio
- Advance Score Editor
- HD audio file input/output 24bit 192kHz
Audacity is great for vocals, easy to learn, free, and open-source meaning no payment is required.
The best part about audacity music production software is the fact that it supports Windows, macOS, GNU/Linux.
Audacity is great for recording music audio, live recordings via microphone/mixer, and then transforming these into digital recording for other media requirements.
Let’s check out a quick video of Audacity
- Export and import sound file projects, recordings in different file formats such as mp3 or wav
- High Sound quality, as 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit. Great HD sample rates.
- Support VST Plugins
- Advanced editing functions. Easy to edit, cut, copy and paste with delete options are available.
- Effects realtime preview
- Advance Spectrogram view / Analysis
Easy interface, great to start off with, good core plugins
Pro Tools is great for mixing vocals, mixing and mastering full compositions for commercial projects such as TV, radio, cinematic, and much more.
Comes with a very advanced mixer, great for all sorts of creativity, artists, and producers.
Quick intro video into pro tools
- Advance Mixer
- Advance Playlist and Score Editor
- Advance Editor for editing vocals, audio files and creating projects that stand out.
- Available on macOS & Windows
Ableton Live is great for recording and mixing vocals, easy to learn, shame that it only supports macOS operating systems.
Ableton Live is the king when it comes to recording live instruments, live piano, live guitar sessions, and live vocals. It has great mixing and mastering features.
15 minutes that will explain everything you need to know about Ableton Live DAW, check out the video below;
- Capture MIDI in/out
- Comes with Advanced and complex warp modes
- Contains Advance audio-slicing features
- Features to convert audio to midi in advance way
- Comes with send busses and a great GUI
- Built-in VST instruments and Sample sounds
- Comes with audio and midi effects
Steinberg Cubase is very complex to learn, expensive, used by many industry professionals.
Steinberg Cubase comes with many versions, but the pro version is definitely the best option when it comes to mixing and composing professional music industry-standard audio projects.
Many professional music composers and score composers use Steinberg Cubase as a DAW choice. Check out the video below as multi-award-winning film score composers Has Zimmer using Steinberg Cubase.
The best part is that it comes with a free trial that is free to use for 30 days.
Supports both macOS and Windows
- Audio Warp Features
- Channel Strip (ADV)
- Chord Pads
- Advance compiling features
- Mixer (mix-console)
- Sample any piece of the audio track using the “Sample Track 2”