Audio Production Software Review

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Why Use Audio Production Software?

The best audio production software provides you with all of the musical tools to create music without the use of live instrumentation. Audio production software can be a useful tool for any level musician, producer or engineer to make unique compositions, but it can also be a platform to edit and master that music all within the same program. This software can be the first step in turning your home into a home studio.

Entry-level versions of music creation software offer a great way to get familiar with each product if you decide to upgrade. Three of the best digital audio workshops available are Cubase Elements, Magix Music Maker Premium and Reason Essentials. These music programs provide large sound libraries, exceptional recording capabilities and intuitive software interfaces that are easy to learn. For additional information, visit our learning center articles on audio production software.

To fully experience all the benefits of music software, an audio interface is necessary, and a MIDI controller will help you navigate the software and compose music more efficiently. An audio interface is a device that allows you to plug your instruments into it so you can record them using your software. A MIDI controller is a piece of hardware that helps control the virtual instruments on your software.

Audio Production Software: What to Look For

Software that offers an extensive loop library, multiple virtual instruments and plugins enables musical creativity to flourish. Audio software should also provide ample recording capabilities that are nonrestrictive and easy to use. We used the following criteria to evaluate the best music production software:

Production
Audio production software should have a number of virtual instruments, effects (plugins) and loops for you to create music with. These features give you the tools you need to create music from scratch without anything other than the software (and preferably a MIDI controller). Plugins such as guitar emulators allow you to plug your guitar straight into the recording interface and use the guitar tones from revered amplifiers such as Fender, Mesa Boogie and Marshall. Plugins open up many production avenues.

Entry-level software may have some plugins, but there is always room for extension. You want to look for audio production software that is compatible with multiple plugin formats. The more formats your software is compatible with, the more plugins you can add to your software.

Recording
You want to find software that allows you to produce recording sessions with a large number of audio and MIDI tracks as well as recording multiple audio tracks simultaneously. Recording tools such as loop recording and write automation can get your tracks sounding exactly the way you want them to.

Mixing
The best production software tools include a multi-band equalizer so you can fine-tune your recordings to sound as good as possible. Pitch correction and time stretching can be helpful tools to fix audio blemishes without having to re-record anything.

The more insert and send effects you can apply to an audio track, the more options you will have to achieve the right tone and texture for your recordings. A mastering suite is also a nice bonus if you want to boost you mixed audio to radio-quality volume.

Help & Support
Video tutorials and user forums help novice users learn the tools and tricks of studio software. These resources can be invaluable to beginning users. Software that is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems are especially useful.

Audio production software provides the tools to unlock the inner creative musician. With a computer, software, interface and MIDI controller, the office in the basement can turn into a music studio.

 
 
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Production
Ease of Use 100% 100% 95% 70% 80% 85% 70% 75% 75% 70%
Total Number of Plugins 44 20+ 7 300+ 40+ 26 27 25 27 50+
Virtual Instruments 3 15 6 6 30+ 3 4 3 12  
Supported Plugin Formats VST 2.4, VST 3 VST 2 Propellerhead Rack Extension Format VST, VSTi, AU, JS, DX, Dxi VSTi, Dxi, VST, DX VST, AU Not Specified AAX, RTAS, AudioSuite VST 2, VST 3, Dxi VST, AU, VST 3
Loop Library
 
 
 
Recording
Live Instrumentation Recording 100% 85% 85% 100% 75% 80% 70% 80% 70% 70%
Maximum Audio Tracks 48 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 199 16 Unlimited 16 Unlimited Unlimited
Maximum Number of MIDI Tracks 64 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 199 16 Unlimited 16 Unlimited  
Maximum Simultaneous Recorded Tracks 48 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 4 Unlimited 4 Unlimited 99
Loop Recording/Track Comping
 
Write Automation
Pan and Volume
Import Audio
MIDI Editor
 
Mixing
Mixer Equalizer 4-band Multi-band 2-band 4-band 3-band 3-band Multi-band Multi-band 4-band Multi-band
Effect Inserts 8 2 Unlimited Unlimited 4 2 Unlimited 8 Unlimited 16
Effect Sends 8 2 4 Unlimited 4 2 Unlimited 8 Unlimited 16
Time Stretch
 
Mastering Suite
 
  
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Supported Operating Systems
Windows 8
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