Which DAW should you choose?

Embarking on your music production journey can feel like setting sail on a vast ocean of possibilities, with one crucial decision looming on the horizon: choosing the perfect Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Amidst the multitude of options available, each boasting its own set of features and functionalities, finding the right fit can be a daunting task. But fret not! We're here to serve as your navigational beacon, shedding light on the diverse landscape of DAWs. 

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Ableton Live

First and foremost, let's demystify the term "DAW." Essentially, it's your virtual studio – a software platform where you can record, edit, and produce audio tracks with ease. Picture it as your creative command center, where musical ideas take shape and come to life.

Now, let's set our sights on Ableton Live, a beacon of versatility in the realm of DAWs. Renowned for its intuitive interface, Ableton Live welcomes newcomers with open arms, offering a user-friendly environment conducive to exploration and experimentation. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned pro, Ableton's streamlined workflow ensures a seamless transition into the world of music production.

A standout feature of Ableton Live is its innovative session view – a departure from the linear structure of traditional DAWs. Here, you can trigger loops, samples, and effects in real-time, fostering a dynamic and improvisational approach to music creation. It's like having your own virtual jam session, empowering you to channel your creativity without constraints. Check out some of the newest features that have just dropped in Ableton latest incarnation:

So, if you're a hands-on producer who likes to use outboard gear, controllers & synths, and want to spend as little time ‘in-the-box’ as possible, then Ableton is probably the DAW for you. It also doubles as a live performance software, so it’s the go to choice for people who want to elevate DJ sets, or ditch the decks completely and do a fully live set. 

Which takes us on to Ableton’s accompanying hardware. Most famous is the Ableton Push (now in its second generation, which has significant improvements over the first), which is a combination of keyboard, MPC and live controller. You can do pretty much all electronic music-related activities on it, so it’s what you want to go for if you prefer a kinetic approach to production.

FL Studio

But let's not sail past the competition without giving them their due credit. FL Studio, for instance, is a vibrant contender in the DAW arena. Boasting a colorful interface and an extensive feature set, FL Studio has carved out its niche as a favorite among electronic music producers. Its pattern-based workflow and robust plugin support make it a formidable ally in the realm of beat-making and electronic music production.

FL has been known for year for being a great DAW for beginners, and for making snappy, simple beats. Incredibly popular particularly with Hip-Hop producers today, artists including Hit Boi have credited its simplicity with helping streamline his musical ideas and speeding up his workflow. Watch above to find out it’s impact on Hip Hop.

There’s even an urban legend for years that the reason why Dubstep & Grime are both usually at 140 BPM is simply because, unlike other DAW’s like Ableton which sit at 120 BPM, FL’s default setting is that fateful number. What do you think? Skream shares his view:


Logic Pro X

On the shores of Apple's ecosystem lies Logic Pro X – a DAW cherished by many Mac enthusiasts. With its sleek design and comprehensive suite of virtual instruments, Logic Pro X offers a versatile toolkit for musicians across genres. Whether you're crafting pop anthems or orchestral masterpieces, Logic Pro X provides the canvas upon which musical dreams take shape.

Logic Pro is oft quoted by musicians who work on more band-based genre’s, like pop & rock as being the best choice. Its focus on recording gives more control over input & output calibration, and it has some of the best stock plugins in the game, something non-dance music heads might find helpful. Check out our resident groove magician and Logic lover El Train below:

Pro Tools

Venturing into deeper waters, we encounter Pro Tools – the undisputed heavyweight champion of professional audio engineering. Revered by recording engineers and mixing maestros alike, Pro Tools sets the gold standard for sound quality and precision editing. If you're serious about audio production and demand the utmost in reliability and performance, Pro Tools is your steadfast companion.


In the grand tapestry of DAWs, each platform offers its own unique strengths and specialties. While Ableton Live shines for its versatility and real-time capabilities, as well as being aimed at electronic music, FL Studio excels in hip-hop & trap music production, Logic Pro X thrives in the Mac ecosystem, and is great for home-studio rockers and poppers, while Pro Tools reigns supreme in the realm of professional audio engineering. 

Ultimately, the choice of DAW boils down to personal preference and workflow. Whether you're drawn to Ableton's dynamic session view, FL Studio's vibrant interface, Logic Pro X's seamless integration with Apple hardware, or Pro Tools' unparalleled sound quality, there's a DAW tailored to your musical journey.

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