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Essential Music Producer Equipment - Software

Making music is easy when you find software that you are comfortable using. But with so many choices what is best for beginners?
Music Production Software


The music production software you choose to make your music with is one of the most important investments you will make financially of course but also in terms of time.

You will be spending all your music producing time on this software so be sure to choose the one that will allow you to expand your horizons as far as your creativity stretches.



Do make sure to check what platforms your music production software runs on and what may be required to run the software. 

For example, Propellerhead's Reason 9 requires an internet connection on opening to ensure the software is legitimate, or a USB stick must be formatted as an ignition key to license the software.

Its the little things but its worth doing your research.


DAW FL Studio

Digital Audio Workstations

Digital Audio Workstations are what Music Production Software is called and used to make beats. Below are the most popular DAW's among music producers so be sure to look into these and look into what you think will appeal to you.

Ableton Live

Ableton Live DAW


  • Multi-track audio recording at up to 32-bit/192 kH
  • Powerful and creative MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
  • Advanced warping and real-time time-stretching
  • Unlimited number of audio and MIDI tracks per song
  • Includes 4 software instruments, 38 effects and 14 sound libraries (Packs)
Ableton Live Screenshot

Acid Pro 

Acid Pro DAW


Professional Multitrack Recording
Innovative Loop-Based Music Creation

  • Comprehensive MIDI Support
  • Superior Mixing and Editing
  • Professional Effects and Soft Synth Support
  • Exclusive Quantization Tools
  • Professional Workflow Features
  • Interactive Tutorials
Acid Pro Screenshot


Cubase DAW


  • Cubase pro condenses almost three decades of steinberg development into the most cutting-edge daw anywhere.
  • Used by star producers and musicians for composing, recording, mixing and editing music, cubase pro combines outstanding audio quality, intuitive handling and a collection of highly advanced audio and midi tools.
  • VST transit cloud collaboration service brings together musicians and producers from all over the globe; retrologue 2 synthesizer provides mesmerizing new sonic capabilities and hundreds of new presets
  • Optimized mixconsole and improved recording features; upgraded key and drum editors for faster, more intuitive midi editing; enhanced chord pads with section mode
  • 32-bit/192 khz steinberg audio-engine with 5.1 surround support; unlimited audio & midi tracks; 256 physical in- and outputs; 73 high-end audio effect-plugins
  • 8 virtual instruments with more than 3000 presets; comprehensive professional tools for audio editing
Cubase Screenshot

Fruity Loops Studio

FL Studio DAW


  • Any screen size or resolution you use, FL Studio will always fit
  • Multi-touch capability extends to the Mixer.
  • New category tabs and the ability to delete content on right-click
  • Channel settings have been integrated into the Plugin Wrapper (no more Channel settings pop-up).
  • Real-Time Stretching - Sampler and Audio Clip 'Realtime > Stretch' mode allows real-time, independent tempo and pitch variations.
  • VST plugin installation & discovery improved and simplified.
FL Studio Screenshot

Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X DAW


  • More than 80 studio-quality effect plug-ins, including vintage and modern compressors, delays, reverbs, and more
  • New Amp Designer to help you re-create the sound of 25 legendary amps and 25 speaker cabinets
  • New Pedalboard with an assortment of 30 virtual stompbox pedals inspired by the classics
  • 20,000 royalty-free Apple Loops from all the Jam Pack collections
  • MainStage 2 for performing live with the instruments, amps, effects, and sounds from Logic Pro 9
  • Soundtrack Pro 3, a streamlined audio post-production application for film and video
Logic Pro X Screenshot

Pro Tools 10

Pro Tools DAW


  • Record higher resolution sound with more headroom in 32-bit floating-point format
  • Get great responsiveness on slower hard drives with the enhanced disk cache
  • Get access to over 500 additional pro tools commands when using eucon controllers
  • Fold down 5.1 surround mixes to stereo with the down mixer plug-in
  • Export mixes directly to soundcloud to share and promote your music to the world
Pro Tools Screenshot

Propellerhead Reason 9

Reason 9 DAW


  • Built in synths, samplers, loop players and drum machines
  • Unlimited audio tracks
  • Studio grade mixing console and tons of effects
  • Gigabytes of loops and samples in the included sound bank
  • Collaborate with others by sharing your musical ideas between reason, figure and take
Propellerhead Reason 9 Screenshot

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