#1Logic 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.
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.
$559.99- Varies by plan
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know the Fairlight Computer Musical Instrument (CMI) was the first digital sampler used by a hip-hop artist? In 1980, iconic hip-hop artist Kurtis Blow used Fairlight CMI, a digital synthesizer, sampler, and an early version of the digital audio workstation (DAW). The Fairlight CMI was built by Fairlight, Peter Vogel, and Kim Ryrie throughout the 1970s, and the machine was intended to capture the real sound of musical instruments and put them in a super synthesizer. It had two keyboard sets and a QWERTY keyboard for commands. In 1979, Vogel presented the machine to English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel and the latter used the machine in synthesizing sounds for his tracks. It took a long time to get the product into production, but the machine went into the market and was bought by notable musicians like Stevie Wonder, Todd Rundgren, and Herbie Hancock. In 1982, Fairlight was upgraded to Series II, which had the first true music sequencer, the Page R. Fairlight Series III was released in 1985 with an upgraded Page R and a CAPS software (Composer, Arranger, Performer, Sequencer). Today, synthesizers and DAWs have become better, more portable, and cheaper than the Fairlights, particularly with tools like Ableton Live, FL Studio, and Cubase.
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.
$99- Varies by plan
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.
Windows, Mac, Android, iOS
$99- Varies by plan
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.
#7Reason 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Android, Windows, Mac
$14.99- Free trial available
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.
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.
Varies by plan
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.