What are my DAW options?

There’s a lot of options when it comes to choosing a DAW to work with. Let’s face it – they’re all very similar. Unless you’re using something like Maschine or Live, the layout and operation is very similar from DAW to DAW.

So why are some people dedicated to Pro Tools and others to Logic? Some people love Cubase, and others run PreSonus StudioOne? The answer is simple – it all comes down to personal preference, workflow, and feel.

In talking to a lot of producers and engineers, a lot of times it comes down to where they started. If a producer worked on Logic for years, they generally have an affinity for it and will say that it fits their needs best.

So what if you’re new and looking for a first DAW? A Pro Tools system may be out of your budget as a beginner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great DAW to start working on. Reaper is a pretty new player to the DAW market, but some people have loved working with it so far. We haven’t had the chance to dive in yet, but based on the general consensus, it seems like a good product. And at only $60 for a personal copy, it can be the perfect place to cut your teeth.

We get asked a lot – does it matter if I’m using XYZ DAW? The short answer is no, it doesn’t. While you may not be able to use all of the features in the same way from DAW to DAW, it’s still easy enough to pick up the concepts. Even if you’re using a different DAW – we know you’ll pick up a lot of great tips and tricks about engineering and producing in our training series.






2 thoughts on “What are my DAW options?”

  1. Reaper has been around for a lot longer than people think, it is just now getting a lot of “press”, which makes it seem like something “new”…it has been around longer than Studio1 but no one mentions that! LOL

    As a Reaper used from the .0x days I can tell you that it is now getting a little too big for it’s britches in some ways. Like most DAW’s, problems & requests are NOT getting fixed, and since V4 there have been an increase in crashes & lockups on ton’s of peoples systems. I went back to V3.76 which is rock solid under Win7x64.

    The only thing I really dislike about PT is the way it works with Midi, and that is where Reaper shines for me….

    • That’s so true – great point!
      Although I’ve never given Reaper a true full-on use for any projects (which I’d like to do soon) – I’ve heard similar complaints from people who do use it. Glad to hear it’s super solid on V3 at least!
      How does Reaper work with MIDI? What are some of the advantages over PT? I’d love to hear about your MIDI workflow!

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