What are the best resources for making beats on Mac?

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    #1Logic 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

    Johnny Brooks
    Written on September 10, 2018
    "About 10 years ago I could get Logic for about a thousand bucks for the bundle, and now it's only a few hundred program. Crazy, right? But at least I got to experience using Logic on its earlier days and this continues to be my reliable beat maker for Mac."
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    #2Cubase

    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

    Jonathan Adams
    Written on March 30, 2017
    "I'm a part-time musician, and I compose, record, mix and edit songs regularly. Consequently, I need a suite of advanced audio and MIDI tools. Cubase is loaded with features, including Groove Agent One and Beat Designer, which helps me make professional, high-quality, and fresh beats on my Mac. It's a tremendous buy for the money!"
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    #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

    Edward Johnson
    Written on May 7, 2017
    "I wanted to produce my own music for a while now, ever since being inspired from listening to the recent trend of Japanese artists doing vaporwave. GarageBand was an easy to use solution that let me create me first song - sure, it's not great, but that's part of the learning process!"

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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

    Jacob Flores
    Written on April 26, 2017
    "Ableton live is a great program for making music. I would recommend it to everyone, it's straightforward and intuitive, well worth the investment."
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    #5FL 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

    Pranav Dasgupta
    Written on September 10, 2018
    "I run FL through Bootcamp because I already have this from my Windows PC. It takes some quite of setting up before I fully had FL running smoothly on Mac, especially when migrating VSTs as I keep on encountering some issues. I even dialed up the devs just so they can help me. They've been such a big help, actually."
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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

    William Davidson
    Written on September 10, 2018
    "I've tried Pro Tools so I must say that Studio One is the same with PT if not better in terms of sound quality. I like the console shaper which allows me to shape the sound board and channels. This gets me to produce unique sounds for my beats and mixes. A key feature that really grabbed me is that melodyne is readily available on every track that I create. It's already built in and no need to load a plugin for that."
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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

    George Gardner
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "One of the ultimate tools for creating music on any platform. The only drawback of Reason Essentials is that you don't get the full Reason experience. You can definitely still make great songs and this is perfect for beginners that don't want to waste money."
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    #8Reaper

    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

    Marcos Peña
    Written on May 17, 2017
    "Ok, I have been trying to find a good software to make beats on a Mac for awhile now. I stumbled upon the free "evaluation" download for Reaper and decided to give it a go. I can't even begin to tell you how impressed I am! For one, I've had no issues with software problems and my Mac.. which is a huge relief. Not to mention all the customization that is available, the additional resources and downloads. It's just, amazing."
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    #9Reason 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

    Sarah Dixon
    Written on January 14, 2017
    " Reason 9. music recording software has many features. The software gas versions for Mac and Windows. Reason 9 is a large download and you need to have room on your hard drive. The software uses about 20GB of space on your hard drive. The software is a bit pricey. I feel there are more economical choices. "
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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

    Megan Harvey
    Written on March 4, 2017
    "I was looking for a good music editor on Mac when I came across ReCycle. I'm a newbie when it comes to digital music so I was looking for something that wouldn't be too complicated to use. After only a short time I was able to put together some awesome tracks!"
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    #11Stagelight

    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

    Joe Burns
    Written on January 24, 2017
    "This is a great idea. I could just plug my phone directly into an input and perform live or I could record a track for use later. I don't know why I never thought of this."
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    #12Audiotool

    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

    Sue Wu
    Written on February 7, 2017
    "I honestly wasn't expecting much from a free, browser-based audio mixer, but to be honest I was genuinely impressed. It's not as good as Audition from Adobe or other paid subscriptions, but it's at least on par with Audacity, if not even better. It's the Audio version of GIMP, and you don't even have to download."
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    #13Music 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

    Christine Rios
    Written on February 13, 2019
    "Surprisingly this works smoothly on Mac."
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    #14Dr. 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

    Jack Brooks
    Written on April 2, 2017
    "I sometimes like making different edits of songs so using this as a resource to make edits and create new songs is perfect. It is really easy to use. A very clear layout and buttons for exactly what does what. The price is at an okay place but is a pretty good program for the Mac."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for making beats on Mac
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Logic Pro XSoftware 13 Paid
2CubaseSoftware 12 Paid
3GarageBandSoftware 12 Free
4Ableton LiveSoftware 11 Paid
5FL StudioSoftware 10 Paid
6Studio OneSoftware 10 Paid
7Reason 10 IntroSoftware 9 Paid
8ReaperSoftware 8 Paid
9Reason 10Software 8 Paid
10ReCycle 2.2Software 7 Paid
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