2020's Best Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) for PC and Mac

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

You likely have started or have an interest in starting in music production! Music production nowadays heavily relies on the computer or workstation you have. If you are a beginner you came to the right place.

When I started there were all these complex articles and etc. I know what it feels like to be a beginner so how to help!

To start with "the best DAWs" doesn't exist! Each DAW in their own right has great features and some are prefer more than others.

Simply put it's the computer software where you create or arrange your music! Having a dedicated workstation for your music production saves you time and streamlines your workflow.

Remember no one can tell you which will be the best for you but we can give you some information on each of the software

Price: $199 USD

If you are a mac user, then Logic Pro is likely the best choice for music production. It is also developed by Apple and offers great value for money. Apple has recently released Logic Pro X, which recieved a 4.4 star review on the app market. introduced some really handy features which will surely attract music producers. Overall, it’s a great choice if you’re a Mac user and wants a great music production experience.

Official Link Here

Here's a great video that will with everything you need to know about Logic Pro X!

Price Range: $99-$737

I am alittle biased here but FL Studio from Image-Line is popular among hip-hop and EDM producers. FL studio also offers a ton great features for music production. It offers free LIFETIME upgrades, and recent updates have added support for soft synth and Flex and also tools that help you make music visualizers for YouTube. It is another strong contender in music production industry! And yes there's a free trial!

Official Link Here

FREE!!! *With Mac or Apple Devices*

GarageBand, also developed by Apple, is a great choice if you’re a beginner. It offers a creative and visually appealing user interface. It also offers some features that are available in some advanced DAWs. In my opinion, the instruments on garage band are probably the best sounding instruments for the price of free! Most of the functions it provides are automatic, which requires little human effort. The best thing about this software is that it is free, and you can use it on your iPad and iOS devices as well.

Price $399 USD

Bigwig Studio is another great music production software that is available for PC, Mac, and Linux. Recently Bitwig added some amazing features which made it start catching wind in the music production community. One of the recently added features is Grid, which offers a modular environment for flexibility. Furthermore, if you plan on dealing with samples you may want to take a look at Bitwig It is another popular choice among creative producers.

Here's an informative video of the perks of Bitwig. WARNING: #BIASALERT (video may contain bias information)

$60 USD : discounted license. (Non commercial use. more info available on the site)

$225 USD: commercial license.

Cockos Reaper is another powerful DAW that offers the most bang for the buck. It is also compatible with Mac, PC, and Linux. It is very responsive and offer alot of customization. If you’re looking for a powerful DAW which offers great features and is also cheap, then this is the one for you.

Official Link Here

Price Range: $99 - $749 USD (With Monthly Payments!!!) 9 9 99

Ableton Live was released back in 2001, and since then, it grew in popularity due to its robust features and great performance. This great for not only live preformance but actually getting a "Live" feel to your production! It offers support for multiple plugins and recently added support for VST3. Ableton’s Live is the DAW of choice for pro users.

PreSonus Studio One

Studio One is another great DAW that offers powerful features that rivals its competitors. The recent update added support for “Harmonic Editing” for monophonic and polyphonic sound and MIDI tracks, which is the most requested feature by the users. It is one powerful tool if you’re into music production. This one is pretty exciting and visually pleasing check out the video for more!

Official Link Here

All and all just know that there are many options out there and maybe non of these options are good for you just do your research and you will find the right one! If you have any questions or need help reach out to me I will gladly help you find the right DAW!

Michael Mayo

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