What are the best resources for making beats?

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    #1Cubase

    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

    Francisco del Ángel
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "Cubase has been my go-to production software for years now. Its interface is intuitive and user friendly. Because of that, learning Cubase takes the shortest time of any pro software I have ever used and you come out equipped with skills to take your production career to the next level."
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    #2Reaper

    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

    Amanda Castro
    Written on January 30, 2017
    "This looks like something that is way out of my league. Very interesting to say the least and something I would love more info on. "
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    #3Reason 10

    Reason 10
    Reason 10 is a digital audio workstation (DAW) music production software developed by Propellerheads which allows users to record, mix, and modify music with built-in collaboration tools and instrumental sounds and effects.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $399

    Melissa Burns
    Written on June 29, 2017
    "A really solid solution when you're on a budget. I'm a media student and don't have access to my school's lab for the summer. Still wanted to work on projects so went with Reason 9. It's more than adequate for projects I'm working on and I'm happy with the end result. It's producing audio that's really close in quality to the audio I produce at school with software that cost thousands. Ivrecommend for beginners/intermediate. "
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    #4Ableton 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

    Rodrigo Huerta
    Written on February 19, 2017
    "Ableton Live gives you tons of ways to make all sorts of music and music creation. With one package you can get up to over 3000 beats. It does take around 3GB of storage for all you who are aware so downloading will take awhile but starting at 100 dollars, this is a great start for a lot of people."
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    #5Dr. 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

    Jeffrey Herrera
    Written on March 18, 2017
    "This is an amazing software for newbies who want to create beats and learn to be a DJ fast and easy without taking the grueling music lessons which can be boring. I like the fact that this software helped me learn so much within such a short time and now my friends and envious of my skills"
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    #6Studio One

    Studio One
    Studio One is a digital audio workstation (DAW) software program developed by PreSonus comprised of the Studio One 4 Prime, Studio One 4 Artist, and Studio One 4 Professional. Available for Windows and macOS.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $99.95

    Richard Grant
    Written on June 10, 2017
    "Want to be a home studio producer? With Studio One produce your own tracks in an easy to use software package. Edit tracks and go back to archives to use old ones you created, this easy to use software program will have you recording tracks in no time. An easy interface equipped with step by step instructions, this is a great tool for all those aspiring music producers."
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    #7ReCycle 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

    Ryan Matthews
    Written on April 8, 2017
    "The app does help with making music, however it wouldn't be able to make beats exactly (at least not in the best way). I am a music producer, and it would rather it suggest a DAW or an app that supports more than just samples."
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    #8ACID

    ACID
    ACID combines full multitrack recording and mixing, MIDI sequencing, and looping functionality for a seamless studio production environment. Its design removes the typical barriers to the creative workflow so you can effortlessly transform ideas into beats.
    Software

    Windows

    $59.95- $149.95

    Diane Stevens
    Written on January 8, 2017
    "I like ACID to do my multitrack recording for a professional sound. It has a lot of mixing , editing and effects feature that help me to custom the sound the way I like. Multiple supported formats and unlimited tracks are a plus."
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    #9Stagelight

    Stagelight

    Stagelight is an easy and fast tool for creating music. Whether users want to make beats, mix loops or create full songs with vocal tracks, this track can be used by people with different skill levels.

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac

    $14.99- Free trial available

    Samuel Hall
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "Stagelight is a free application for Android for creating beats -- just the thing to start my fledgling rap career! There are too many in-app purchase options in my opinion; the app lets you do only basic beat-making, but anything more advanced you'll have to pay for. And I wished for a more extensive training guide for the beginner like myself. "
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    #10FL 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

    Christian Harrison
    Written on July 26, 2017
    "At first the application can seem overwhelming, but that's because it's a full resource; you can pretty much create anything audio with this. The video on the first page is a nice tour, to show you some of the features. I would say that this is a good project, and you won't have to shop around much."
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    #11Music Maker

    Music Maker

    Music Maker is a digital audio workstation (DAW) by Magix which features various sounds, instruments, presets, and other premium audio effects for better music creation experience. Software versions include Free, Plus, and Premium.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Varies by plan

    Victoria Arenas
    Written on February 13, 2019
    "I'm very much satisfied with the free version as this has the basic features that I need"
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    #12Mixcraft 8

    Mixcraft 8
    Mixcraft 8 is a digital audio workstation that features advanced routing for audio and MIDI, native sidechaining, and Audio Control. It also has a panel for live performance panel recording, nested submixes, track groups, and more.
    Software

    Windows

    $89.95- Varies by plan

    Emma Torres
    Written on May 30, 2017
    "If you're into making and mixing your own music then Mixcraft is something you have to get. It's not crazy expensive and it's great at making beats. I was really shocked at how well my first song turned out. Love it."
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    #13Audiotool

    Audiotool

    Audiotool is a free music production studio online that users can access in their browsers. All of their tracks, samples and presets are stored on the Audiotool servers and are accessible from any browser.

    Online Tools

    Free

    Liu Yang
    Written on March 19, 2017
    "Audiotool is a great online beats making software built right into your browser. You no longer have to pay massive amounts for music production tools like FL Studio and have to worry about having the compatible hardware to run it since Audiotool is right in your browser."
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    #14ACID Pro 365

    ACID Pro 365

    ACID Pro 365 is a digital audio workstation (DAW) software platform which features 16 analog synths, techno beats and other instruments, vintage compressors, 9 GB of built-in ACID loops, and other analog audio tools.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $9.99- Varies by plan

    Donald Dean
    Written on February 13, 2019
    "In my opinion this got's plenty of synths and such compared to magix's music maker. So I'm stikcing to using this."
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    #15Reason 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

    Terry Schultz
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "I have always loved creating music and with Reason Essentials i will be able to do this much more often. This software allows for the arranging of instruments and percussion to be extremely simple strong and with much depth that will allow any level of composer all the tools they need."
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    #16Music Maker Jam

    Music Maker Jam

    Music Maker Jam is a music creation application and software that also lets users share and discover tracks across a wide variety of genres. They can pick a loop, beat, or melody to start mixing your new track.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Katherine Hopkins
    Written on November 10, 2018
    "This seems like it could be a good solution for the problem. There are a variety of different options, not just one of which package you would want. You can go from free to a much more premium package so someone can customize exactly what kind of experience they are looking for. It shows you exactly how to download as well as different specifications you will need to have in order to download."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for making beats
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1CubaseSoftware 14 Paid
2ReaperSoftware 11 Paid
3Reason 10Software 10 Paid
4Ableton LiveSoftware 9 Paid
5Dr. DrumSoftware 7 Paid
6Studio OneSoftware 5 Paid
7ReCycle 2.2Software 3 Paid
8ACIDSoftware 2 Paid
9StagelightSoftware 1 Paid
10FL StudioSoftware 1 Paid
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