About Our Music Production Software:
If you're a veteran musician, you can probably remember a time when a digital audio workstation was its own piece of hardware. Since then, the average computer has become powerful enough to take the place of a dedicated device, running modern music production software. Using a digital workflow, you can make your creative process more streamlined by bringing the functions of multiple devices together on one desktop. There are a number of software suites available, the most well-known of which is probably Pro Tools. This program is an industry standard, well-used by professionals in music, film and TV production. The popularity of Pro Tools comes from its hardware support and excellent features for audio editing, as well as MIDI sequencing and musical notation functions.
If you're a stage artist or DJ looking for production software that can also deliver a great live performance, you'll probably want to put Ableton Live on your list of workstations to consider. Or, for a studio engineer wanting to add spectral selection and sampling to your toolbox, look into iZotope's Iris re-synthesizer. iZotope also makes a vocal production suite called Nectar that provides singers with tools specifically designed for them.
One of the original software workstations is Cubase, which has been kept up to date to remain a solid choice even as the industry evolves. Are you a tech-oriented artist? If so, check out the digitally-focused Cakewalk SONAR, which gives you unlimited digital tracks to work with, supports MIDI and DirectX, and connects to other software apps through Rewire. Another favorite is Propellerhead's Reason software. Emulating a rack of hardware synths, samplers, processors, sequencers and mixers, it's a good all-in-one workstation for the studio or to create a virtual venue sound booth.
Many of these music production software packages also come in student editions, so if you're taking post-secondary courses, you can get a version that's a bit better tailored to your uses and your budget. There are even upgrades, so if you already own an earlier version of those programs, you bring it up to date without having to buy it all over again. No matter your level of experience, there's a software suite that will give you the editing tools you're looking for. Take your time to read up on each one you're considering—with something you'll be working with this closely, it's worth doing your homework to be certain you're making the right choice.