What DAW Should You Buy?
I’ve got a question I get a lot. What DAW should I use or should I buy when I’m first starting out?
That’s a tough one to just give you a direct answer on. I went to college and wanted to make a serious go at this as a career, and so I learned Pro Tools, because that’s what everyone told me to learn, and it was you know, the software that was most common in recording studios, and still is, I would say.
So if you’re wanting to try to be a pro, you want to build a career, learn Pro Tools first. Buy Pro Tools, beg, borrow, steal, get a copy of it. Holy shit, people in the hall. Did you hear those guys? Holy shit, they’re loud.
Anyways, if you’re wanting to build a career out of this, learn Pro Tools. Beg, borrow, steal, just get a copy. Whatever you have to do.
After that, if you’re just a guy at home wanting to make music and record music and you’re just looking for some help trying to make it sound better, you know, GarageBand, Logic, there’s a billion options out there. Studio One.
They all sort of have their own niches as far as efficiency and ways of doing things.
I can tell you that I’ve used Logic before. Logic is very intuitive and very efficient when it comes to MIDI and programming inside it. I personally hate working with audio inside Logic, and again, I haven’t used it in awhile. I’ve also used Reason for MIDI and programming, which was like, the first MIDI sequencer that I ever got.
Like, here’s my thing. I don’t want to have to use two pieces of software to get a project done. I just want to use Pro Tools.
So eventually, I just learned how to do MIDI in Pro Tools, and I just dealt with it, and that’s what I do now. I’m a big Native Instruments user, a big Spectrasonics — their stuff sounds really good.
I still use Reason from time to time, but I don’t really like the EQs and compression and whatnot inside there. But I will ReWire it in and it’s still a pain in the ass, but thems the breaks, right?
Ableton is really good. It’s really popular with a lot of the EDM guys and people learning to program Dance music. It’s very intuitive for sort of performing that stuff as well.
Studio Live does some cool stuff with mastering, and it has some really cool new quirks. Again, I don’t really know it, I just know Pro Tools, it’s what I use day in and day out.
Reaper is cool. You know, use what you’ve got and make music. If all you’ve got is a laptop and GarageBand, use a laptop and GarageBand. I know guys killing it on little MacBooks with USB microphones and GarageBand, so it’s the content that’s going to build your career. The songs will always do more for you than the tools. You know.
So with that, I don’t know. If you’re serious about it, get Pro Tools, and then learn Logic, and then maybe look into Ableton or something if you’re not, and you want to get Studio One, get Studio One. If you want to get GarageBand, get GarageBand. I really don’t care. They all do 96kHz, 24-bit. They all save wavs, mp3s, they all import wavs, mp3s. They’re all pretty equal on that front.
Look at your budget, look at what you want to do, look at your resources and find something that works for you.
With that, other newsy type stuff, I redid the website and gave it more of an editorial kind of feel to it. We’re still sort of porting over a lot of content through the weekend and probably through next week as well. Go check that out.
I’ve got a new premium tutorial. If you’re super, super new to this whole world, I’ve got like, an hour and a half long training video on Pro Tools. So we go over the Edit Window, the Mixing Window, everything you need to know about opening up a session, bit depths, and sample rates, and editing, and the tools, and how it saves, and all that stuff. All the basics you need to know to get started.
So if that applies to you, we’ve got that coming out, and I think I’m going to press that one really stupid cheap, just so most people who are interested can get it.
Other than that, I’ve got some cool screencasts coming. I just picked up a copy of SSD Steven Slate Drums 4, and it sounds killer. Like, killer, killer, killer. Those samples you don’t even really have to EQ. I just drop them in and they work, and it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve only had it a day, so I’ll probably play with it and put a video out next week on that. As well as some other things.
So anyways, let me know what DAW you’re using, leave a comment, and subscribe, like the video, blah blah blah. I’m on Twitter. Go check out the Facebook page if you haven’t done that, and of course, the website, and all that other junk.
Anyways, this video has gone on way too long, and I’m going to get out of here. Later.