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Wait, what’s a DAW? Which DAW do I need? Which DAW is the best for recording music?
Sometimes we receive these questions from people just starting out with music production. The world of music recording has been expanding rapidly for decades and can often seem overwhelming to beginners. With dozens of DAWs available for recording music, which one do you pick?
Today we will cover these important questions ranging from DAW basics to the best selling DAW software options on the market.
What is a DAW?
DAW stands for digital audio workstation. A DAW is an electronic device or software application used for recording, editing and producing audio files. It is a critical piece of gear you’ll need when recording music.
There are many options and configurations of DAWs but the most typical are software programs you can use on your laptop or desktop computer. The ease-of-use and low price points on these DAW software options have helped make music production possible for everyone.
Software DAWs run on a computer are made up of four basic recording components – a computer, a sound card, a digital audio editor software, and an input device. These days DAWs allow for recording, editing, and playback and have lots of other capabilities.
Popular DAW Software
For beginners it is often hard to decide which DAW software is the best for recording.
People will passionately argue which DAW is best which makes it all the more confusing for new musicians and producers to choose a DAW.
Here at Musistic we are platform agnostic and you will find our team working on many of these popular DAWs.
In this post we’ve created a list of the most popular and best selling DAW options available right now. All of these DAWs are capable of producing professional results and can also be a good solution for new music producers. They all offer different versions at different price points to fit all needs and budgets.
Ableton Live was originally designed as an instrument for live performances but has evolved over time into a complete recording package.
It still offers users a fantastic option for live performing and is considered one of the best performance based DAWs.
Ableton Live 9 is the lastest version of this top DAW with lots of new updates. You can instantly capture a performance, record automation directly into clips, and more.
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Cubase from Steinberg was originally released all the way back in 1989, making it one of the older DAW software options available today.
Since it was released Cubase has advanced and improved the technology to become one of the best DAWs on the market. The latest version, Cubase Pro 8, has been updated as a powerful production environment with new audio tools and instruments designed to fit the many producers and professionals who love using Cubase.
Another DAW that’s been around for decades is Digital Performer, which was first released in 1990.
For a long time Digital Performer was known as the Mac only option but has finally become cross-compatible with Windows in their most recent release.
Digital Performer offers complete desktop studio production for your computer letting you record, edit, mix, process and master polished recordings. Digital Performer also allows you to customize the user interface look with preset and third-party themes to fit your personal workflow and inspire creativity.
Logic is one of the top selling DAWs in the world. Since it is made by Apple there is no surprise that Logic is Mac only and not compatible with Windows.
Despite that fact it remains incredibly popular since many musicians and audio engineers prefer working on a Mac. Logic users also benefit from guaranteed compatibility with any audio interface compatible with Mac OSX.