What are the best tools for creating music?

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    #1FL 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

    Raymond Fowler
    Written on September 24, 2018
    "FL Studio Mobile is a whole lot of fun. It wasn't hard to just download and start messing around with, but it has enough features that you could explore and do some pretty neat stuff with it. I used the android version and it only took a few minutes to make a track that I thought was cool!"
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    #2GarageBand

    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

    Jack Edwards
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "It's not the best tool because of the reviews, but it can perform in creating music. It does what it is needed for if you have enjoyment in making music. Getting a bigger set would be much better in any learning scenario."
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    #3BandLab

    BandLab
    BandLab is a social music maker app perfect to create outstanding pieces. This application allows people to record, edit, share and find any great music. 


    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Shreya Yadav
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "AMazing !!! They really come through for struggling artists and it's so awesome."
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    #4Vectorscope

    Vectorscope

    Vectorscope is an indispensable app for music producers, mixers, engineering students or recording artists, and is the perfect tool to analyze your stereo material. It's Audiobus compatible and accepts audio from an external. 

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

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    #5Cubase

    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

    Patricia Robinson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is really expensive but really worth it. These editing and sequencing tools are a must have and really easy to understand and use. I love it"
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    #6Rap to Beats

    Rap to Beats

    This app will allow you to play songs from any app so you can rap over them and create the hottest rap songs ever. Once your fire tracks are created, you will be able to post them on every website so people around the world can acknowledge your superior bars and rapping skills.

    Apps

    iOS

    Free

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    #7Ableton 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

    Samantha Turner
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Ableton Live is most useful at the upper prices of the software. The basic $99 package is nice but you really need at least the $499 to function. That said, the price is similar to most music software."
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    #8LMMS

    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

    Ronald Cruz
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Cool little simple tool to introduce you to making your own music. My friend had this on his computer, and allowed me to mess around with it while he was gone for the holiday. This was the tool that got me into creating music."
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    #9Hydrogen

    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

    Patrick Vasquez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I don't know that I'd say this is a "music production app", but it is fun and useful. It's a drum machine basically. It's enjoyable to play with, you can really get clever or creative with how it'll lay a beat down and keep it going. Not just a basic metronome beat either, you can have it really change things up and go into very complicated patterns. But that's mostly what it does. I've seen other apps that will let you actually pull together actual music. This is basically a replacement for your friend that never wanted to be the drummer in the first place, if he did what you told him to and could fit in your pocket. Fun, but no one'll notice if he's not there one day."

Summary

Best What are the best tools for creating music
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1FL StudioSoftware 20 Paid
2GarageBandSoftware 19 Free
3BandLab Apps 13 Free
4VectorscopeApps 12 Free
5CubaseSoftware 10 Paid
6Rap to BeatsApps 8 Free
7Ableton LiveSoftware 7 Paid
8LMMSSoftware 4 Free
9HydrogenSoftware 1 Free
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