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.