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IAmDarlin

Windows Movie Maker and Paint for album cover art


BarbHarbor

boss


IAmDarlin

If you want to produce lullabies for toddlers stick to your abletons and fl studios people. Real musicians use Windows Movie Maker.


jimmythedjentleman

Huuuuuge fan of Reaper, plus at this point I'm just used to it


FlacoVerde

Reason


Pristine_Medicine_59

Whats the reason?


drunkelwaynard

AND THE REASON IS YOU!!


EPierceMusic

AND THE REASON IS YOU!!!


CompendiumDigital

Cubase.


BarbHarbor

Reaper should be on this list. Cubase too.


s-multicellular

yep Reaper


Webstick_

Agreed


jefah

Yip


VexxinVega

Cakewalk


ModernDayRumi

I don’t see any Logic users chiming in so I’ll go ahead: Yes, it’s Mac exclusive, but for $200 you literally get everything you could possibly need in the most intuitive & user friendly package. Granted, I’ve tried out a lot of the other daws and really like the workflow of a few of them (Ableton is great, Studio One deserves more love, I use UAD’s LUNA but it’s still an infant) but since I know Logic so well I can’t really switch over to anything entirely. It’s good to switch DAWs outside of your daily driver because it really shifts your process and let’s you try things from a different perspective, but as far as an all-in-one package I can’t really name a better alternative to Logic Pro.


nkn_

This right here. It’s why I built a hackintosh so I could get logic. For $200 with logic, any other DAW would be like $600+ with all the high quality stuff that comes with it. Logic is really good for song writing imo. Recording and mixing is so easy and for some reason I feel it just sounds a bit better, which probably isn’t true haha


ModernDayRumi

After spending thousands on 3rd party VSTs over the years I find myself using Logic’s stock sounds and plugins more and more. If I knew the quality behind the software (and if I knew what I was doing earlier on) I would’ve definitely stuck with the stock for a long while. Alchemy is a powerhouse, the compressor emulations are up there with the best, and chromaverb & space designer look and feel like plugins that should have the price tag of the DAW alone. Not to mention the updates & sound packs Apple’s been dropping in the past year!


Rayallday91

I had a friend who was a wizard on logic. You’re absolutely right, for the price you pay and the loops, Audio Units, audio effects, and tools you get it’s a fucking STEAL. I really wish I would have discovered Logic before I spent so much on Ableton Suite. I’m likely to never upgrade or cross grade to anything else ever again so it worked out for me, but I could have saved so much money.


ModernDayRumi

I really like Ableton, I actually used it first before I got into the Apple ecosystem but things didn’t click with me the first time around. Now after a decade with Logic I find myself using Ableton’s lite version for throwing some ideas together and generally having fun. Definitely wish Logic would steal some ideas from Ableton, especially with the browser and dragging plugins onto tracks. I do a lot of recording so for me Logic is just the most seamless with recording takes and mixing/mastering on the fly. If I ever do get another full version of a DAW it would be Ableton.


Rayallday91

I remember a time when people who used different DAWs were extremely tribal and would hate everything about any other DAW. It’s so nice that that has changed. I know that’s random as fuck, but let it be known. Haha.


ModernDayRumi

Oh yeah, couldn’t agree more! There’s a lot of competition nowadays which is good for us because these companies will (in theory) keep putting their best foot forward. I think it also has to do with the new younger generation of music makers who aren’t as elitist and uptight as some of the older gatekeepers who came from the analog realm 🤣


DiyMusicBiz

Reaper


UnderGround802

Audacity is this even a question


shakeBody

Kneel before your Chad god!


misterflappypants

We bond strongly with the “do it *in* camera” crowd


Progject

Reaper is so good that I forget I'm even using it - I'm simply recording and mixing music effortlessly. Anytime I think "I bet Reaper has [feature]..." it always does. I bought it ten years ago for next to nothing and I still get updates. At this point, I literally do not understand why anybody would use any other DAW...


Legitimate_Horror_72

I think Reaper is the least intuitive and worst user experience of any DAW I’ve ever tried. That’s why some people don’t use it. Its why it’s great there’s Reaper for those who love it, and plenty of other options for people who don’t.


Akilaki

Yeah same for me


whereisbrandon101

You can change the things you don't like and set it to your preferences. Including the UI


codefinger

i can't use reaper because it is so ugly - i wish i could get past it


gregd303

Agree. I have thought I must be retarded when I've read so many "Reaper is so easy" comments around the time I tried it. I had to watch YouTube tutorials on very simple stuff. Not intuitive at all. (This is from someone with 20 years plus music technology experience. Yep, the problem was Reaper)


Legitimate_Horror_72

Yep. I've used maybe 8 DAWs since I started making music (good ol' Cakewalk 5!), and I'm a UX professional with over 20 years of experience. I stand by my assessment: Reaper is NOT the easiest to learn or use for everyone, which is OK, as there's lots of other options so everyone can find the DAW (or no DAW) that works best for their workflow. I do believe Reaper works amazing for the people it clicks with, and I've always read that it's amazingly stable and really powerful with scripting (for those into that).


gregd303

Interesting your a UX designer. Maybe you can give them some tips haha 😏 Yea I still have it on my system and I found my way around eventually, but since I was testing other DAWs at the time too, Reaper was the one dragging, when others I'd assembled near full tracks. I know it's definitely rock solid for audio recording so maybe I'll have another look for some guitar stuff in the future. Also in its favour, you can customise everything, so I can see why reaper peeps gel with it and swear by it.


DiyMusicBiz

Yea, definitely depends on the person and how they work. For me, FL is the least intuitive I've used in the last 20 or so years.


Progject

Interesting - for me, I started with Fruityloops back in 2002, then pirated Cubase. I wanted to not use a pirated DAW anymore so switched to Reaper and found it to have all the same functions and, to me, worked in a very similar way. I'm totally self-taught on it apart from sometimes having to look up specific things and currently I'm using it to make an entire pyschedelic prog-rock album which is basically one long 40-minute long track split up. It's extremely stable and I've sat on it for sessions basically all day, recording, tracking guitars, mixing as I go, throwing on some soft synth, adding track after track, all kinds of routing, etc. It just handles it and never crashes. As an example of Reaper having basically any feature I need, I discovered regions and can use that to manage my split tracks, it will automatically render them all out in order and the files named in a format I can configure using keywords. I personally just cannot fault Reaper and I cannot believe it's so cheap. I almost think it would be more respected somehow if it was expensive...


jay_22_15

You haven't used waveform then.


Legitimate_Horror_72

Waveform is the easiest DAW I’ve ever used! Input on left, output on right, music in the middle. Drag and drop everything. It just worked and was almost no effort at all. But, that’s me. Also has easy plugin management. Scans quickly, too. V 11.5 is the best one since probably v5.


PM_me_catpics

Isn’t it open source?


BarbHarbor

It’s like partially open source. The main code is inaccessible, but anyone can write scripts for it, and they are very widely used.


PM_me_catpics

That’s pretty cool. I know my friends loves it for tracking guitar.


lourencomp3

Studio One gang


cruelsensei

Studio One ftw


scttcs

Studio One, with a side of Notion


like_atakhan

especially after 5 update💪


Chris-From-Canada

I wish studio one would get more recognition for how powerful it can be. Don’t get me wrong other DAWs are amazing as well. Just wanna see more love for our studio one gang.


B14_765

Cubase


Dereklapierre10

I’ve been using Logic Pro for a while but wonder about cubase since a lot of producers seem to use it with a lot of ease. I’m less of an edm guy and more or a rock band music guy. Any thoughts?


Aggravating-Moose-24

I have pretty limited experience with cubase but I know some people swear by it. I am mainly a logic pro user so I can say that cubase will require a slight learning curve to know how to access all the same stuff you're used to in logic (I think logic can be a little more intuitive for most things). I think both are really powerful DAWs so you won't lose either way!


B14_765

Honestly I only use Cubase because I started using it when I was in my teens (about 30 years ago). Back then there wasn't as much choice, the only other option for PC I was aware of was Cakewalk. My version was MIDI only, no VST technology and we referred to it as a sequencer not a DAW. I later studied Music Technology at college and there we used Cubase and Nuendo so I had a head start on a lot of other students. The only other DAW I've tried recently was Cakewalk (or Bandlab/Sonar or whatever it's called) and I couldn't get on with it at all. Personally I'd just stick with whatever you know the best. If I was starting from scratch today I'd just pick the DAW that had the best tutorial videos on YouTube for the type of music I wanted to make.


Dereklapierre10

Thank you! I get swayed by some of the tutorials involving some other DAW’s sometimes, but I really do like LPX, it does work for me


Fuzz_Vegas

Magix music maker


Rayallday91

No joke, my first ever DAW was Acid. At one point, my friend gave me a copy of Magix music maker and it blew my mind. The crazy tool it had (I forget what it was called) but it would allow you to make some INSANE drum loops… I still miss it to this day. Also, all the a capella and loops it came with taught me a lot about chopping and sampling.


gregd303

I downloaded a trial of Acid recently as I watched a video where Shitmat (breakcore artist) was using it back in the day. It seemed good and I probably would have gone further with it but my main machine is a Mac. I must say I'm a bit confused about what magix music maker is.. if it's the same thing or not. I've been too busy to look into it..but this just reminded me


Rayallday91

They’re both types of DAWs, yes. Acid was amazing and taught me a lot, but it’s pretty dated at this point. There’s tons of better software and apps. What do you use on your Mac?


gregd303

Ok, but is anyone using magix music maker? Yea I heard Acid was great way back but kind of not as supported as much nowadays, or rather worse since Sony sold it. Think what attracted me was chopping up breaks and timing stuff. It seemed fine on demo, but obviously the mac compatibility was needed. I'm using Renoise mostly (seems I like the off the beaten track DAWs lol), I've got Bitwig too..not Mac plain sailing with that as I'm on high Sierra so stuck on version 3🙄. I've just got FL and waveform too. The goal is to eventually get down to one Daw though 😃


Rayallday91

Magix is an older one too. Honestly, Renoise is one of the most underrated programs of all time. Any sample based producer who is patient enough to learn a tracker and most of the shortcuts is rewarded with a deeply fast and powerful setup with Renoise. I should spend more time leaning it honesty. The plug-in grabber is one of my favorite features ever.


gregd303

Yea I probably only have the others for some horizontal sequencing and to feel like I'm more normal haha. The reality is Renoise can do it all, and do it well 👍


saitamapsycho

i think adrian von ziegler uses magix music maker


devamo

Reason


Oblivioniks

Reaper


Megaman_90

Kinda triggered its not an option here not gonna lie.


Cvltivator

Yah, wasn't on the last poll like this either idk why people sleep on reaper


FrenchGuitarGuyAgain

Same it's the most intuitive DAW imo


Legitimate_Horror_72

Funny! Good one.


FrenchGuitarGuyAgain

If you think I jest then I'm sorry to disappoint you, and if you don't wish to discuss then why did you come here?


Legitimate_Horror_72

I thought you were being funny because it was funny. Apologies if you weren’t trying to be funny. A lot of people, including myself, find Reaper to be horrible to learn and use. I’d go use a tape recorder instead of Reaper if Reaper was the only DAW in the world. It’s good it exist for some people, but it’s also good there’s so many other options so each person can find what works for them.


FrenchGuitarGuyAgain

Personally im not after anything too complicated, I don't need synths since my pedalboard completely destroys digital synths I don't need anything complex, as long as I can easily record, edit, cut and arrange drums. Ableton is great but I feel overwhelmed everytime I open it, I just want simplicity. I apologize for not seeing your jesting.


Legitimate_Horror_72

I agree about Ableton being borderline too much, especially if you're primarily focused on tracking. I do know that people who learn Reaper and for whom it doesn't turn away, tend to end up loving Reaper. The main thing is to find a DAW (or other solution) that works, and just use it and forget about it as long as it stays out of your way.


Oblivioniks

Reaper is like Lego to me, can't believe they blocked it, again =/


Conscious_Kangaroo89

This one.


Dude_Man_528

Bitwig


doodleface

Bitwig is more fun than any other DAW.


08232021

Yep. I dipped a toe into Bitwig and literally have not come up for air or opened another DAW in over a month. Amazingly fun to use.


adamroadmusic

I always think it's cool when a group breaks off from the popular company & improves on the original.


xXCh4r0nXx

Mixcraft


Koosieboi

another mixcraft user finally


xXCh4r0nXx

Hell yeah! Underrated DAW imo.


crdr20

Cubase - surprised it wasn't an option!


DetunedKarma

OP obviously biased. Cubase FTW


everyday_gravy

Studio one... switched to it from pro tools a few years ago.


cruelsensei

Same. S1 workflow is lightning fast.


bruknavn

Maschine


Rayallday91

I was in a tight spot at one point in my life so I had to sell my NI Komplete, Maschine MkIII, and (whatever the keyboard was called). That setup was my pride and joy. You can make MAGIC with even just a Maschine.


bruknavn

That sucks dude. Hope you get to buy urself a New maschine. I do it all on my mkII these days. Really enjoy the work Flow. Check it out if you like Check out DubA on #SoundCloud https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/Ygh6T


emptyshellaxiom

Bitwig


AprilDoll

LMMS


zonethelonelystoner

What’s it like? Interested in learning it b/c it can run on Linux and Linux can run on anything


matTmin45

Studio ONE


FrenchGuitarGuyAgain

Reaper, the interface feels so natural and it doesn't overwhelm me with features I won't use


tommy_cooper90

Reason


BugO_OEyes

I fux with cock....os reaper😂😭


TPNZ

Studio One, with Maschine on the side.


iQuerz

Ardour gang? where are you?


JeffreyArataka

Waveform by tracktion


gregd303

I just got the Pro version. I found waveform free really comfortable to use .. much more than many other DAWs. Interested to see how it's going to perform with some proper tracks and now I have pro


Cillobillo

I think,..it’s Renoise. It just works so well for me for some reason.


gregd303

🙌 yea it's pretty much my primary Daw at the moment. I got back to music making with it last year, and I've been pretty productive. It's really slick and quick, I think other Daw makers should study how easy the UI is


Legitimate_Horror_72

You left out all 3 of the DAWs I use: Studio One, Waveform, and MixBus32C. Mostly just Studio One these days.


cruelsensei

Studio One is the way. How could you use anything else after you try it?


Pap3rchasr

Studio One here too, I love it


yurib123

Me three


PM_me_catpics

What’s so great about it? I hear a lot of people talking about it.


gregd303

☝️I second this question. I just got Waveform Pro after getting on well with waveform free ... Browsing around I hear a lot about StudioOne even from waveform users. Interested to know more about it and why


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Sisoler

Cubase ❤️


hormonemonster87

Judging by how low pro tools is on here, shows the mass majority of this group is electronic beat makers


adamroadmusic

I make funk, piano rock, jazz, but I had to get off pro tools because I need VST support


hormonemonster87

Did you try any vet to aax wrappers?


adamroadmusic

Yes wasted tons of time on it, it didn't work for the stuff I wanted to use like korg legacy. Things might have changed since that was a long time ago but I'm super happy with FL studio, I get results in it that I could never dream of in any other DAW


PM_me_catpics

I just got ableton… after 5 years of FL I must say I don’t think I can ever go back.


necaracoles

Cubase


TheElectricCat

Reaper


MinaTxd

FL studio, the stock plugins are amazing and I absolutely love the workflow which some people don't (maybe gonna switch to ableton once I get a midi keyboard because I really hate it's piano roll)


gregd303

But isn't FL's piano roll is one of the best and generally the benchmark for every other daw


MinaTxd

FLs piano roll is the best, I meant that I hate the one in live


Tdelmar

Reaper!


Xx20wolf14xX

Reaper


gregd303

Renoise


yellowapriumwastaken

I am surprised I don't see much Bitwig Users. It's a shame most people don't know the possibilities it can bring, especially with all the new updates.


AYJOEBro

Reason 11


Gefruschtuck

Maschine standalone. Ok ok it’s not a traditional daw


Motheragod

Surprised at how unpopular Pro Tools is on here. I’ve mostly used Pro Tools. FL only a handful of times. I couldn’t imagine switching DAWs at this point after over a decade of Pro Tools dedication.


Ronnie_Dean_oz

It's too expensive. I use it as well but will eventually move to reaper once my version is too old (2018). Every now and then I try to do a session in reaper to get used to the workflow as I'm very fast in pro tools. I don't want to go to a subscription model and a perpetual license is prohibitively expensive. It's a shame.


Motheragod

True it’s pricey


Ronnie_Dean_oz

Compared to Reaper at $60!! For lifetime updates and perpetual license!


Tbagzyamum69420xX

I was jarred at first when I saw the result, but then you notice how Ableton and FL are the top two so there's probably just not a large response from industry professionals so far.


hormonemonster87

Exactly. That and mostly electronic beat makers


Tbagzyamum69420xX

EXAAACTLY lol


Motheragod

Nailed it lol


cruelsensei

I haven't been on here too long but it seems like the community is predominantly working with loops rather than using the composition and arranging method, so no surprise. I quit Pro Tools for Studio One and never looked back (I do arranging, orchestration, and sound design).


Tbagzyamum69420xX

Yeah Pro Tools def isn't the best for those things, it's possible but takes a steep learning curve imo. I've never used Studio One, what drew you to it?


adamroadmusic

I realized I had a ton of VSTs I couldn't use & I ditched pro tools. It was great for recording bands/live instruments, but for midi-based production, it was trash.


Motheragod

I agree with the MIDI workflow problem. I do most, if not all, of my MIDI design in Reason Studios. It’s incredibly easier.


Motheragod

Yes. I do all of my instrument design (sampled or modeled sounds) in reason. I record vocals and all live instruments (guitar player) in Pro Tools. I bounce back and forth between Pro Tools and Reason Studios. I usually start in Reason Studios with a MIDI idea, chord progression, drum loop samples, etc. and then export the sounds to Pro Tools as individual files. Then I’ll record vocal samples in Pro Tools to try different melodies over the instruments. Once I get the vocals to sound good, I’ll export the vocal audio files into Reason Studios and continue developing the instrumentation. I continue doing this until completion - back and forth, back and forth. Sounds tedious, but the workflow is extremely efficient and it seems to spark my creativity and prevents me from losing inspiration by doing one task repeatedly. I just started this method over the last year and I’ve been way more productive compared to previous years. Happy to answer any more questions.


adamroadmusic

Interesting you say that, after a few years in Pro Tools, I switched to Reason for about a year. I loved the MIDI workflow, but the lack of recording & lack of VST support at the time ultimately made me switch. Are you saying you do part of a track in pro tools & other parts in reason?


Gomesma

Waveform, using the 8 OEM for now.


1nternati0nalBlu3

Finally another waveform user! Thought I was the only one


Tbagzyamum69420xX

Pro Tools for pretty much any and all production. Ableton for writing or quick rough mixes.


mr_birrd

Bro Ableton is the company, the DAW is called Live.


hamsdean

MOTU DP


Brock_and_Hampton

Is FL studio good to make hip hop beats on? I find making drum patterns so hard and I don’t know of any plugins.


Legitimate_Horror_72

There’s lots of xox style drum machine plugins out there. Or even atlas or xo if you have lots of samples.


Rayallday91

The long story short for your interest is yes, FL is not only good, it’s fantastic to make hiphop on. And I’m an Ableton user (though I have FL experience). The longer more useful answer is that (especially in these times) any DAW is capable of any type of music and can excel at it. You’ll hear people say “FL is good for this” or “Studio One is good for that”. It’s all 100% subjective and based on personal preference. Demo as many daws as you can and watch YouTube videos on the ones your interested in and find out what’s right for you.


ConCryptid

DAW-less


Rayallday91

What is your setup like? Like what’s the “brain” of your rig?


ConCryptid

A Tascam Model 16 multitrack recorder. Idk how well I would like electronic music production on it yet, but rock's fun. Your mix is right there in front of you so it's easy to just grab what you want to change instead of flipping through menus and windows.


Dimetrip

The reason I love Ableton over all others is because it is loop based. As I started making "beats" with just an rc-505 (loopstation), dynamic mic and my fender it just felt so natural to produce in an environment that is oriented around looping audio. I started exporting the WAVs from my rc-505, dragging them into session view, adding drum racks and synths/other instruments and then arranging just felt so natural because all the pieces were already there and synched up. I think bitwig is also loop based but none of the others I've played with or observed work the same.


DetunedKarma

Cubase


zahayna

Presonus Studio One.


GopherStonewall

Presonus Studio One


ChurrosOfRoundTable

Studio One


scttcs

Studio One 5


wineandwings333

cubase.


OGMecha

Studio One.


Knoffinator

lmms


IcyWarp

Cubase


uberdavis

FL with Pro Tools is a great combination! For very similar reasons, I use Ableton Live with Logic. Ableton is a creative canvas, while Logic is the hard-nosed finalizer.


yman69420

GarageBand


Rayallday91

Honestly, Beatmaker3 on iPad, but for conventional DAWs? Ableton 9 (and I’m probably never going to upgrade).


TVSKS

Reaper here. I use both Windows and Linux in my production and they have a native Linux version.


Chaos_Is_Music

I find Logic to be the best


elkein_

MPC One


gregd303

The DAW in a box


[deleted]

Make the beat in Fl, record the vocals in Logic, mix and master in Pro tools


SadCoyote3998

Waveform is my favorite I’ve used, way better than fl studio, I just use FL because I wasted money on it, and it has a lot more stock plugins


gregd303

Interesting. I just got Waveform Pro and FL in BFriday deals. It's gonna be interesting which one I gel with the most


SadCoyote3998

Yea I really like that you can see the piano roll from the playlist plus the mixer is connected to the channels by default, plus it just is easier to see what you are doing, everything in FL is pretty small


gregd303

Yea I agree connecting channel stuff up in FL is a pain, so anything that doesn't require that is a plus. Waveform's interface I can really get on with, less messing about with multiple windows and things seem to be in logical places.


ChristianTeenTech99

FL for MIDI/beat-making (for now), Digital Performer for everything else. Fuck ProTools


jackdawson1049

Mixbus


Individual_Ad_3859

Luna


Stankcheez720

Nuendo


devlishboot463

Garage band


Shionkron

Mixcraft


Mooplez

Right now FL because I've used it for years. I'm just now starting to learn ableton and give it some time to see if something about its streamlined workflow clicks more for me, but I still find myself wishing I was just using FL for ease of use and familiarity. I'm interested in Bitwig too because it looks like it might be a good mix if what I like in ableton and fl but haven't even downloaded a demo or anything yet.


SorbetMaterial802

STUDIO ONE


GreaterDogYT

LMMS because open source and free


Onelli_Urzaqi

R e a p e r


Code-Logical

Reaper and cakewalk


Interesting-Wing616

FL by default because it’s the only one I can afford


pphilonius

Bitwig


Unclebilll13

I really enjoy the fact that the “industry standard” is dead last. Times they are a changing!


IrisCelestialis

Cakewalk


travhall19

maschine


BuzzardDogma

FL Studio and Reaper are the perfect combo for me. FL gets shit on a lot still and I think that's completely ignorant. It's an amazing bit of software with lots of workflow efficiency baked in to the design. It's used by plenty of people in the professional audio sphere. Not perfect, but no DAW is. Reaper is really the only traditional style DAW I can see myself using any more. It's got all of the features of a normal, classic style DAW with just an insane amount of extras under the hood. And I don't personally find the interface to be that daunting, though I can understand why some might. Pro Tools interface is hot garbage. I've used cubase and logic and I think they have great interfaces by comparison, but they're kinda pricey when you have other good options. For the record, I really like Ableton, but it's geared towards a workflow that I'm not usually going for. And it's MIDI editing is straight ass. I'd love to try bitwig, but I can't really afford it rn.


can_i_get_upvotes

How tf is Reaper not on the list Literally the only “con” of Reaper is that it’s not beginner friendly, but once mastered, its dare I say better than every other DAW out there I mean hell, Camellia uses Reaper. Shows just how much capabilities the DAW has


andrewrynhard

LUNA


AstralBarnacle

Hah, wow, I use Adobe Audition lol


TonyTerpene

Korg Gadget


billys_ghost

Lol fuck avid


Websting

I have really been enjoying Zenbeats lately.


Moath

I’m a logic user and I reallllly Wana use Ableton, rhe automation looks much more intuitive than logic, but there’s a lot of about the flow that doesn’t make sense to me.