Best Music Production Software
What is the best music production software? This is a question you often see online. It is however impossible to give a definitive answer. In the end it comes down to a personal preference. But it is true that some software is better than other.
On this page you can find an overview of the most popular music production software. I strongly recommend that you choose 64 bit software for music production.
Cakewalk Sonar X1 Studio
Cakewalk Sonar X1 Studio is a great choice for beginners. It is not that expensive and has a lot of options. It can do pretty much the same as CuBase but cost less. Crashes are rare and since Cakewalk has been around for a long time their software runs with most hardware and software plugins.
I used the software from Cakewalk for a period and it ran just great with the vst plugins I use. The only plug in I could not get to run properly was Symphonic Choirs from East West Quantum Leap. This issue has probably been solved now, either by Cakewalk or East West Studios.
The reason for testing other music production software was because I only had the Limited Edition of Cakewalk. I therefore had a limit on the number of instrument tracks I could create, not good if you want to make bigger productions. Cakewalk Sonar X1 Studio does not have this limitation and is also reasonably priced. Cakewalk Sonar X1 Studio is therefore a great place to start for beginners.
Reaper Music Production Software
This is a relatively new program but is becoming more and more popular. I have just started testing Reaper and so far I am really impressed and are composing my new symphonic tracks using this program. It is fast, intuitive, has many features and the discounted license is only $60. $60 for music production software it unheard of and Reaper has all you need to make amazing tracks.
I have only been using Reaper for a few months so the final verdict is not down yet but it sure does seem like Reaper will become my number one recommendation.
Steinberg CuBase - Music Production Program
CuBase is one of the music production programs that have been around for the longest. It used to be the only and best choice but recently other companies has become worthy competitors. CuBase is still a very good program and it is widely support by the hardware manufactures. The result of this is that almost every thing will run with Cubase. The interface is also easy to use and has in some way been copied by many other companies.
The downside with CuBase is the cost. A program like Cakewalk Sonar X1 Studio can do pretty much the same but cost much less. CuBase do however have some very nice plug-ins that comes with program. Especially the multi band equalizer is a favourite of mine.
Avid ProTools - Music Software
ProTools is the software that most composers use for composing film music. It is more or less expected that you know how to use ProTools if you want to score for films and TV shows. I have not tried this software for myself but more or less everybody who does film scoring or produces music for a living uses ProTools.
ProTools is very scalable and is also used in many great studios around the world. ProTools is a little cheaper than the full version of CuBase but as I have not tried it myself my knowledge of the program is limited.
What software do you recommend for the aspiring composer?
As a beginner I would recommend taking a look at Cakewalk Sonar X1 Studio. It Is very reasonably priced and has all the features you need to compose orchestral music or other musical styles. Reaper could also be an option as it cost even less for the limited license. But as I am testing Reaper at the moment my recommendation for the beginner on a budget is Cakewalk Sonar X1 Studio.