Best Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)

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22 BitWig

Will be number two or three in a few years time

Amazing new DAW with developers that are listening to the community. Ableton users will feel at home.

I have worked with 5 profesional DAWs, and I must to say that BitWig surprised me; is very intuitive, BitWig takes the best of Ableton Live and I can to predict that will be one of the best DAWs in the future.

Still in developement

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23 NI Maschine

This is a great DAW, anyone can use it, even if you're just starting to make music. It will be twice as good after its upgrade next month.

Great all around Daw system. I love the 16 pads and midi for keys. I come from the MPC world so this works great live and in the studio. The editing and sample capabilities are easy and awesome! Best price and great sounds!

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24 Cool Edit Pro

Very reliable for audio recording with great effects and easy to use.

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25 Ardour

Been using since version 2, with all bugs and flaws of legacy design. Now with version 4 it is just brilliant. Name your price, from $1, or build yourself from source.

26 Harrison Mixbus

The best analog sound that I have ever heard

Love Mixbus for mixing down, sounds so good!

27 TripleDAT

For the year this software came out they were ahead of their time. Try Track Caster which is the newer software from the developer. Rock solid.

28 Merging Technologies Pyramix

As a Mastering Engineer I used Mac based Sonic Solutions in the 1990's. The company went belly-up and the winner after that became Merging with the PC based Pyramix. It can do anything you can possibly dream of, except make coffee.

Power, Flexibility, Features, adapts to your style, a little longer learning curve simply because it does so much! Sonic performance second to none.

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29 Orion

Tried the demo. Know I seriously need it. It's workflow is so logical, whether you be a tinkerer or a beat-smith. I haven't had a chance to experiment with its recording abilities and audio editing options yet. The layout is typically the first thing I focus on.

The most powerful for quick composing ever created.

Agree with others here. Rock solid DAW, almost doesn't need a manual to use. Incredible stability & plugin scanning.

30 MuTools MuLab

The best DAW you would ever come across. Good looking, easy to use, great sound quality and breathtaking flexibility.

Powerful modular area, routing everything to anywhere, several synth that can be tweaked to sound like classic analog ones, some basic effects (compressors, amp sim, eq, reverb, delay... Etc) good compatibility with plugins and good and easy audio recording. What else would you need?

31 Reaper
32 Renoise

Very nice Tracker but too RAM intensive for a tracker. Uses up more resources than most sequencers do. Sort of defeats the purpose of having a tracker. Very nice feature 'Render plugin to instrument' Wow! Every DAW should have that.

Personally, this DAW has a special spot in my heart, what with its tracker interface and everything. It's used by many chiptune artists (if that's your thing) because of this. Also, other significant artists include: Richard Devine, Christian Vogel, and the almighty Venetian Snares! They have a full list available on their website if you want to check it out.

If you're looking for an intuitive new way to program music, then this is it. As of the newest update (3.0.0), it is one of the most feature-full DAW's I've ever used; you've got to check out all the features yourself to really understand. Also, its preloaded DSP effects are actually quite good and professional.

For those who like customizability, it has a full themeing engine and almost all keyboard shortcuts are changeable. I forgot to mention, this DAW can be used with nothing but your keyboard! Now, if that's not cool, I don't know WHAT is.

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Amazing DAW. Can be equivalent to some of the greatest. Does not have voice recording, though.

Very nice DAW especially when on linux.

How can something free have all these? Seriously guys, you gotta give LMMS a try. It won't cost you a cent.

Its core functionality is:

Compose music on Windows, Linux and Apple OS X
Sequence, compose, mix and automate songs in one simple interface
Note playback via MIDI or typing keyboard
Consolidate instrument tracks using Beat+Bassline Editor
Fine tune patterns, notes, chords and melodies using Piano Roll Editor
Full user-defined track-based automation and computer-controlled automation sources
Import of MIDI files, Hydrogen project files and FL Studio ® project files

It also has effects mixing:

Drop-in LADSPA plug-in support
Drop-in VST ® effect plug-in support (Linux and Windows)
Built-in compressor, limiter, delay, reverb, distortion, EQ, bass-enhancer
Bundled graphic and parametric equalizers
Built-in visualization/spectrum analyser

And a lot of musical instruments.

Built-in 32-bit VST instrument ...more

34 Studio One
35 Garage Band

Easy to use! I just love it to bits! On iPad and iPhone though when I first got it, it was so complicated, but thanks to my iMac, I know how to use this much easier! - sryanbruen

Great for me as a complete beginner, especially as it was free with my Mac

36 Reason
37 MultitrackStudio

Low CPU, Does most of what you'll ever need with some cool unique features. Uses about what a sparse tracker uses for resources. DO Not Underestimate this DAW by Size!

Giel Bremmers' Studio program, full-featured, even in the trial version, and compares favorably with the big boys.

38 Soundation
39 Apple GarageBand
40 Prism Media Products Sadie
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