The Software

The first step in producing music is using the software to do it! Through out my experience as an audio engineer I have used an array of various music producing software. In this article I will explain the strengths and weaknesses of each program in a detailed analysis.

  • Protools
Protools is the foundation for any recording software. It is the essential in any major studio, and has defined itself over the years as one of the top recording software. The down side is that it is extremely expensive, and confusing to use; in fact there is 5 different certificates you can learn in protools.

  • Sonar
Sonar is often second to protools. Still a great program and way more user friendly compared to protools. Sonar is usually considered a home studio software, so that means its used more for people with there own studio. Sonar is a really a great program though, I have nothing negative to say about it.

  • FL (Fruity Loop) Studio
Fruity loops studio is a great program but the user interface is hard to get use to at first. I personally use FL studio to make all my dubstep, techno, trance, and hip-hop beats because it produces a great sound in any of those categories. Fl Studio is mainly used for making beats, but that doesn't mean you could make a killer production out of it. 

  • Ableton 
Ableton features many different aspects of production software; while its interface is different then any other, Ableton is mainly used as a home studio. Still a great software in my opinion though.

  • Audacity
Audacity is the most basic music production software out there. It is great for starters and has the easiest user interface out of any recording program. If your a newbie just starting out, then audacity is the way to go.

These are just 5 music production software that I have personally used. I am leaving out popular mac software like Logic and Garage Band.  Let me know what you think! Thanks for reading!