What are the best music creation software?

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    #1Ableton Live

    Ableton Live

    Ableton Live is a digital audio workstation (DAW) software program developed by Ableton for Windows and macOS. Released in February 2018, this software won the DJ Award for DJ Software Performance Tool.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99- Varies by plan

    Peter Barrett
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "This creation software comes in three diferent packages to fit your needs. The intro package offers over 700 sounds and 3 instruments. The standard package meanwhile offers more than 1100 sounds and 3 instruments while the premium package offers over 3000 sounds and 9 instruments. No matter where you are in your music creation ability, the Ableton live packages offer something for everyone."
  2. 25

    #2FL Studio

    FL Studio
    FL Studio is a Digital Audio Workstation developed by Image Line Software BVBA. This software features a multi-track recording, sequencing capabilities, and other music-mixing effects. It also has a customizable virtual keyboard and drum.
    Software

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $99- Varies by plan

    Harry Brooks
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "When I forst downloaded it, I was overwhelmed, but soon after I was very surprised how fast I was able to pick up everything. This software had great support and always updates when needed. Production value and sound quality is professional. Would recommend to everyone whther dabble in a hobby or trying to get something released. "
  3. 19

    #3GarageBand

    GarageBand

    GarageBand is a music making software and app for Mac and iOS respectively. It offers a sound library with software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers. Users can access piano and guitar lessons.

    Software

    Mac, iOS

    Free

    Laura Montgomery
    Written on February 1, 2017
    "I have tried using garageband on several occasions and have found it challenging but it may be due to my lack of tech savyness. My cousin uses garageband regularly and I am continuously blown away by the stuff he produces on there in comparison to what I can do lol I would say it is an impressive software for music creation if you know how to use it! "
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    #4Logic Pro X

    Logic Pro X

    Logic Pro X is a music production software developed by Apple for songwriting, editing, and mixing. This software features the Smart Controls option for the interface, a track alternative feature, drums, synths, guitar and bass gear, etc.

    Software

    Mac

    $199.99

    Roy Hansen
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "Looking for the best music creation software, I decided to give Logic Pro X a try. This program is great. It has all the tools you can ask for creating a song. It has a bunch of instrumentals for inspiration and influence when creating your own music. It's a very nice program. I just wished it ran a bit faster. It's sometimes sluggish. That's the only downside."
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    #5Avid Pro Tools

    Avid Pro Tools
    Avid Pro Tools is a digital audio workstation that has up to 128 audio tracks, 512 instrument or MIDI tracks, and over 60 plug-ins users can use to mix and edit audio. It was released by Avid and can be installed on Windows and macOS computers.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $24.92- Varies by plan

    Ángela Baltazar
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "Avid Pro Tools is a fantastic piece of software for creating music. You can share your creations on the cloud in order to work with people across the globe. You don't even need an instrument because they let you add up to 16 virtual instruments in the software itself! It's easy to change the pitch and timing and there's great support as well."
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    #6Cubase

    Cubase

    Cubase is a software that turns your computer into a complete production system for recording, editing and mixing audio and MIDI tracks. Choose between Cubase Elements, Cubase Artist, and Cubase Pro depending on your music creation needs.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $559.99- Varies by plan

    Paul Graham
    Written on January 5, 2017
    "This is a good solution. Cubase is one of the most popular music creation software products. It is generally known to be very easy to perform sound generation using a variety of online synths."
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    #7Reason 10 Intro

    Reason 10 Intro
    Reason 10 Intro is an integrated software music production studio with audio recording, editing tools, built-in collaboration tools and collection of instruments, sounds, and effects. It's good for writing recording, remixing and producing beats.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99

    Rodrigo Huerta
    Written on July 31, 2017
    "I am always looking for new tools to add to my digital audio workstation, so I was happy when I was suggested Reason Essentials. Reason Essentials provide the core product of Reason without all the add-ons which come with the official release. At $69, you get a great audio creation tool, that has been used by a large number of producers. The best thing is that you also have the ability to upgrade to the full version of Reason at any time which once you get used to using this software, you will definitely want to do. "
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    #8Dr. Drum

    Dr. Drum
    Dr. Drum is a digital beat making software with a series of video tutorials to help you get started. It's great if you're a beginner or if you want to make beats in a fast and easy way.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $329.95

    Sun Su
    Written on August 4, 2017
    "Need digital beat making software? Dr.Drum music creation software is the way. Great software that comes with video tutorials that will help beginner`s get started or help you make beats in a fast and easy way. "
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    #9Reaper

    Reaper

    Reaper is a digital audio production application that offers a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset, as well as an open-sourced compatibility with plugin formats.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $60- $225

    Raymond Peters
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "This is a pretty good program. Lots of options and lots of plugins to play with. No matter what you want to do, if you learn the program well enough there's a good chance you'll be able to. Doesn't have some of the really indepth features of course but still solid."
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    #10ReCycle 2.2

    ReCycle 2.2
    ReCycle 2.2 is a creative tool that helps you work with sampled loops. You can alter the tempo, or replace sounds and process them individually. A tool for quickly editing sampled parts, chopping up riffs, remixing and doing mash ups. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99

    Samantha Turner
    Written on May 4, 2017
    "I needed some music to put into my YouTube videos. As an amateur, I found this product relatively simple to use. It helped to produce some really professional sounding background tracks. I'd definitely recommend it!"
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    #11Ardour

    Ardour

    Ardour is a Digital Audio Workstation that allows you to record, edit and mix tracks, in a complete professional interface but also easy to learn and to use. Ardour is a very helpful tool for professionals such as audio engineers, musicians, and composers.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free- Varies by plan

    Ethan Mendoza
    Written on July 11, 2017
    "I've used a bunch of DAWs, and unfortunately not many also run on Linux based operating systems. If you're using a GNU/Linux distribution, this is worth checking out. Most DAWs get the same thing accomplished, it's all about preference. Try them all out and find out which you feel most comfortable using."
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    #12LMMS

    LMMS

    LMMS is a free and open-source digital audio workstation software. It is for creating melodies and synthesizing sounds for arranging samples. It also has a user-friendly MIDI keyboard along with presets and samples. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Donald Lawrence
    Written on April 12, 2017
    "When I first opened up this app, I thought "What's the point?". This is exactly what you get from GarageBand or apps that come free on your phone. However, as I get more into the app I can see lots of value from its open-source format, especially as the forums and the community develops."
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    #13Hydrogen

    Hydrogen

    Hydrogen is a free music production software program that marries the deep complexity of most drum machine suites with a setup suitable for newcomers. It features a sample editor, with the basics of cutting, and looping functions.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Chao Hu
    Written on April 16, 2017
    "Hydrogen is probably the only open source and free software drum kit available. It's available for Linux, Mac and windows and its very user-friendly, modular, fast and has an intuitive graphical interface based on QT 4. It's built for pros but newcomers can learn it too."

Summary

Best What are the best music creation software
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Ableton LiveSoftware 25 Paid
2FL StudioSoftware 25 Paid
3GarageBandSoftware 19 Free
4Logic Pro XSoftware 18 Paid
5Avid Pro Tools Software 17 Paid
6CubaseSoftware 13 Paid
7Reason 10 IntroSoftware 12 Paid
8Dr. DrumSoftware 11 Paid
9ReaperSoftware 9 Paid
10ReCycle 2.2Software 7 Paid
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