If you want to learn how to produce your own music there are several software programs out there to choose from. Or maybe you already know how to produce but haven’t found the right DAW (digital audio workstation) for your style.
In this guide we’ll go over the 5 best software programs for producing electronic music. While there are certainly many more options than these five, most industry members would agree that the top DAWs around are included in this list.
1. Pro Tools
Pro Tools is a great recording and mastering software. It is quite expensive, but if you have been making music for a long time and want to record or master some tracks, Pro Tools is the top-of-the-line. Pro Tools is pretty much an industry standard for film sound and many mastering/recording engineers use this program to master big orchestral tracks.
2. Ableton Live
Ableton Live is one of the very best software programs for producing electronic music with. It’s a bit different than most software programs because it acts like an instrument.
The brand itself stresses that the software is, indeed, an instrument. It’s time clock and clip functions allow you to do anything from shooting single samples like a drum machine would, to using the same function for longer loops, phrases, or whole songs.
You can also use the same tracks that you would launch clips from to simultaneously play and record VST instruments and effects. The most recent version of Ableton Live software allows you to use its live view (clips) to record simultaneously onto a track in its session view (which is similar to most other linear recording software).
3. Propellerhead Reason
Reason was one of the very first software programs I used to produce with about 10 years ago and its interface has not changed much since. It has a pretty impressive array of on-board instruments – synths and drum machines – that make Reason stand out among the 5 best software programs for producing electronic music.
4. Apple Logic
Apple products in general such as iPod, iPhones, iTunes, Garageband, etc. are popular choices among music fans and producers. Apple Logic is competitive audio software that offers great functionality with simplicity similar to Pro Tools.
Apple Logic also comes with many useful on-board instruments and effects and is certainly a favourite among a wide array of musicians and producers.
5. FL Studio (Fruity Loops)
Fruity Loops is another software I first used about ten years ago. It is made with simplicity in mind and is quite easy to learn, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t capable of professionally produced sound.
FL Studio has just recently become a popular software choice among electronic music producers, and I believe it belongs on this list of 5 best software programs for producing electronic music.
All of these programs have certain advantages over one another and as we mentioned earlier, there are more that are not listed in this article. It comes down to personal preference and what you’re most comfortable with.
If you can, test out a trial version of the ones that interest you before buying, in case you don’t like them. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t like one—with all the options out there you’re sure to find something that suits your own personal style.