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Music recording software and which one for your home studio is best

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Music recording software and which one for your home studio is best
By Producerfactory 13 September 2015 730 Views No comments

Music recording software and which one for your home studio is best

There is a big list of various software for recording music to choose from. A difficult question to address is which one is best for you? It all really comes down to what you wanted to use the music program for? There are multiple components of a music recording program that you may want to balance out to get the most out of the DAW to be compatible for your needs. This blog will look at those various attributes and features, the different music recording software and which is the right one for each specific use. As all music programs have various combinations of strengths, we hope that this blog will help you decide which DAW is best and why our ghost producers, session musicians and mastering engineers love to use different ones.

Let’s have a quick look at the various categories the DAWs will score differently in and then work out a final score first. Then we’ll proceed to move on to the compatibility with your operating system, tutorial help service and mixing potentials.

Interface and Plugin Functionality of various software for recording top 10

This first list will give you a top 10 overview from best to least good regarding the interface for the software and it’s plugin functionality that may either help or hamper your realisation of your creativity. How is it rated?

It’s based on the interactive interface and how it can be fitted to various requirements. Plus points can be given for customisability. For example being able to simplify your display down to the local track layer you’re working on in your DAW is a key feature that can benefit every user. The same goes for easy addition of the mixing console. How easy it is to work on the channel settings will also be considered here. Including actions like adding a rack unit into the window of your music recording software interface, allowing you to interchange between any associated virtual instruments and media bay.

Considering this is purely interface and plugin based, then looking into the clarity of managing such a large amount of tools and keeping an overview of the task is key. Tools such as faders, equalisers, strips and sends should be accessed with ease and found within the interface itself. Having the choice to open and collapse various plugin functionalities and tools is a feature that gives many plus points for example.

Here’s the list of music recording software from position 1 to 10 regarding the interface and plugin use:

  1. Logic Pro X - This DAW has the best functionality available concerning interface and plugin functionality.
  2. Cubase
  3. Studio One
  4. Reason
  5. Mixcraft
  6. Pro Tools
  7. Sonar
  8. Samplitude Music Studio
  9. Ableton Live
  10. Reaper

Recording program properties of each DAW software top 10

In this point you’ll be given a top 10 list of DAWs regarding their recording program capabilities. What is this based on?

This section will look at how well adapted each software program DAW is to music recording. The factors considered are the limitations of audio tracks and the MIDI tracks. As some studio software for recording stick with 32-bit audio engines, others have moved on to 64-bit. The conversion of MIDI layers into Waveform layers for audio manipulation. Included are factors to rendering and efficiency of CPU usage to achieve these tasks.

Music software top 10 regarding recording:

  1. Cubase
  2. Sonar
  3. Mixcraft
  4. Pro Tools
  5. Ableton Live
  6. Logic Pro X
  7. Reaper
  8. Reason
  9. Studio One
  10. Samplitude Music Studio

Music recording software Effects and Plugins range

In this section we’ll consider the variety and magnitude of Effects and Plugins each DAW has in it’s arsenal. There is a wide range of compatibilities and availability. Of course some may be preferred by others for some tasks, so I want to add that this is a vary general overview. Guitarists for example would love the features in Logic Pro X with the many guitar amplifiers including Fender, Mesa Boogie and Marshall. The impressive feature is how well made the plugins are made so realistically.

Also to be considered are the adaptability for hardware for the music recording software.

So, here’s the top 10 list regarding Effects and Plugin compatibility for each DAW:

  1. Sonar
  2. Cubase
  3. Logic Pro X
  4. Mixcraft
  5. Reaper
  6. Samplitude Music Studio
  7. Ableton Live
  8. Pro Tool
  9. Reason
  10. Studio One

Top 10 music softwares for your professional or home studio mixing purposes

It’s quite straightforward here as the main factor to consider is the user friendliness of the mixer units. Alike to interfaces, the important key features is are they functional and how well adapted they are. First we’d like to say that all compare very closely to each other. Not much between them really.

Here’s the top 10 list of DAWs for the category mixing:

  1. Reaper
  2. Sonar Platinum
  3. Studio One
  4. Mixcraft
  5. Reason
  6. Pro Tools
  7. Logic Pro X
  8. Ableton Live
  9. Cubase
  10. Samplitude Music Studio

Finally the support provided by each manufacturer of the software for music recording

It was quite a clear defeat here for Logic Pro X regarding the support. All others seemed to do well according to general consensus and research and that’s it really. Hope this blog will give you a clear insight into the music recording software program suited to you.