Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Best DAW?

So, this is the question that has annoyed producers since the beginning of music production software's.

A DAW means "Digital Audio Workstation" which is a computer software used to produce music. 

  1. "A digital audio workstation (or DAW) is a computer program that is exclusively designed for the recording, editing and playing of digital audio files. A DAW allows you to edit and mix multiple audio sources simultaneously on a musical timing grid and to visually see how they line up over time."

  2. In my opinion, there is no best DAW but there is a best for different genres of music and some DAW's will be able to perform harder tasks much better than others.. Many people will claim that the software that they use will be the best because of many reasons:

  • Functionality
  • Interface
  • Simplicity
  • Great sounds (Plugins, Sample packs included etc)
  • Price
  • Ability to do things in different, easirer ways.
  • Plus more stuff!
However, they may not look it but all DAW's are exactly the same in many ways, you can produce great sounding, professional mixes with any software. You will be able to learn how to use any software, it just takes lots of time and effort. If you learn how to produce on multiple software's you will know that some of them are much better at performing certain tasks than others. I will demonstrate this by using examples of two very popular DAW's which are Logic Pro and FL (Fruity Loops) Studio. In FL Studio, in my opinion there is more than one ways of doing things which makes it easy to learn and the automation is a lot better and more advanced than Logic (You can literally add an automation clip to anything!)

Mad automation being used in FL Studio.

On the other hand, in Logic Pro, of which I have had a lot less experience of, it has great features which support audio recording and mixing and is better worth the money if you own a Mac than FL Studio.

Logic Pro being used with a keyboard.

To conclude, I do not think that there is a best DAW because they are all good for different peoples needs.

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