The world of music production software

Music production has come a long way since the days of actual engineers in lab coats playing with tape machines. With a seemingly endless amount of music production software now available, the art has become substantially more popular.

It’s a key topic of discussion for musicians and audio types everywhere and definitely one of the favourite points of discussion for our friends at Enmore Audio.

There is a host of options for recording audio, manipulating it with effects, creating MIDI sequences and so on in the form of paid and free music production software.

Free

Garageband

Garageband is the classic option if you’re working on a Mac. It comes for free with every Mac computer, therefore, it’s a dominant player, especially if you’re just starting out.

Cakewalk

If you’re a Windows user and into music production, it’s fair to assume that Cakewalk might be on your radar. The free version of this mainstay is called Bandlab, and will give you everything you need to kick off your production journey.

Tracktion

Tracktion is a multi-platform software and is one of the most comprehensive music production programs that you’ll come across with spending a penny. Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks is a key selling point.

Pro

Pro Tools

It’s all in the name really. If you’ve done any work in a professional studio, this is virtually no doubt that you would have come across Pro Tools. This industry-standard continues to evolve, so we’ll be using it for years to come.

Ableton Live

Ableton Live is a creative powerhouse. It changed the game with its clip view, allowing users to mix and match bit sized pieces of audio with automatic looping and tempo matching.

Logic Pro

Again, the clue is in the name. Logic Pro will be very familiar to users of Garageband and for many, a seamless progression when you’re starting to create more complex productions.

Cubase

Truly one of the classic DAWs, Cubase has been around a minute – but that doesn’t mean it’s old school. With more than enough horsepower for any musical project, it’s a no-brainer.

Radi Safi

by Radi Safi

Radi Safi is the Creative Director at IYBI. In 2012 he launched Happy, a music blog and media company.
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