8 Tips For Choosing The Right DAW For You

Choosing your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) like Ableton Live, Logic, Cubase, or FL Studio, can be confusing. These 8 tips are designed to help you decide on the right audio software for your needs.  

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


Nice, succinct round up, Hollin. Thanks!
Tip #4 has a mistake: FL Studio and Live are switched in the examples. Live is more EDM-oriented and FL Studio is used more by hip-hop and loops people :)
I totally disagree with the term "EDM-oriented" as EDM isn't an umbrella term for all dance music that happens to be "electronic" (as if all music these days in all genres wasn't primarily electronically made).

Also Ableton Live is much wider than dance anyway so even if you mean dance music made with blatantly electronic instruments it's a too narrow, unfair and misguiding description.
Mik, being totally politically correct, yes, EDM is not the proper term, as Pop isn't either. Imagine that you can have country music as pop. So what is pop? Can be anything and everything. As with EDM. What people do is group electronic music in general (dance ones) in a macro-genre called EDM to make it easy to refer to them, because, as you said, everything is electronic these days, so what to call them? You can't find a proper name without putting in other genres. We stick with what we have. It's like the term VERSE. Everyone uses it wrong, because the name for those song parts are strophes. Someone started calling them verses and it stick, so everyone uses nowadays, even the very professional audio software companies.

About what they say on Ableton Live, what I understood is that it is primarily used by people making EDM. If you take what you said further, you can obviously make any kind of music with any DAW. Simple as that? Depends on the content and support you have on web, and you get more people tutoring on specific DAWs using a more specific kind of music. You won't see many videos about EDM stuff being produced on ProTools, as you won't see many videos of heavy metal rock being produced on Ableton Live. Not that is not possible but the target audience of these products are just different.

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