Audio Recording Software – The Best of the Bunch

Audio recording software has finally reached the point where anyone can compete with major studio releases from the comfort of their own home. However, it’s still about knowledge. No matter how strong the software might be, it’s worthless unless you know how to use it. You have to ask yourself what your needs are and then determine how much you are willing to spend to get it. Let’s take a look at the top five audio recording software packages used around the globe.

ProTools from DigiDesign. The de facto standard to music producers worldwide. The learning curv with ProTools is pretty steep, but if you are serious about making high quality music, the time invested is well worth it.

Logic Audio from Apple. Whereas ProTools is both PC and Mac compatible, Logic works only with a Mac. It is, however, the most complete software package out there today.

Cakewalk Sonar from Twelve Tone Systems. This was the recording software I started using before making the move to ProTools. It’s much easier to pick up quickly and runs smooth on a PC.

Digital Performer from Marc of the Unicorn. Definitely a solid performer. Works with Mac.

Cubase from Steinberg. This PC/Mac compatible software makes multitracking a breeze; especially solid for more experienced producers.

Audio Recording Software for Loops: A Simpler Approach

For those interested in making beats using preexisting loops, the following software can be a lifesaver:

Acid Pro from Sony. PC based and a premiere leader in the industry.

Fruity Loops from Image Line Software. My personal choice.

Free Audio Recording Software: Great for beginners.

We all know at least one person who spent hundreds of dollars on recording software only to find it wasn’t for them. If you are starting out, don’t let this happen to you! I suggest using one of the following two software to start with. Once you feel confident in your abilities you can shell out the money for the higher end models listed above.

The two software packages are Kristal Audio Engine and Audacity. Both offer multitrack recording, editing and mixing capabilities. There are loads more free software packages, but these two offer the novice all the functionalities they need to get started without the confusing added features like those on ProTools. Whether it’s country, rock, blues or hip hop, these software packages provide a low barrier of entry into what may become a lifelong passion of making music.