Should You Learn a New DAW?

I get asked this question a lot: “Should I get Pro Tools?”

My response is usually something along the lines of “what are you using right now?” If they answer with any of the other pro DAWs on the market, I usually ask why they want to make the switch.

And almost every time, it’s not for a good reason.

Let’s look at the only reason you would need to learn a new DAW.

The only time you need to learn Pro Tools is if you’re going to be working in a studio that uses it, or if you are going to be working professionally as an engineer with other engineers.

Pro Tools is the universal language when it comes to making music, but that doesn’t make it better.

In fact, there are many ways in which Pro Tools is not nearly as useful for home recording as Logic Pro X, StudioONE, or Cubase. For example, if you want to quickly tune your vocal and don’t have a dedicated tuning software, Logic Pro X can get the job done – no extra plugins needed.

That is why I usually discourage people from getting Pro Tools (or any other DAW) “just because it’s better.” The truth is that no professional DAW is actually better than another. They’re just different. In many studies, it has been noted that all DAWs sound pretty much identical. So no benefit there.

The only other acceptable reason to purchase another DAW is if you just want to make a switch. However, don’t feel like you need to in order to make better music. This is the trap that many people fall into when it comes to gear in their home studio. You don’t need better gear or a better DAW – you need to spend time perfecting your craft.

So unless you’ve got a good reason to get a new DAW, spend your time and energy focusing on practicing your skills and getting better at what you’ve got. Great music can be made in literally any DAW, so start making it!

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