The song “We Found Love” spent 10 weeks at number one on the Billboard charts. Performed by Rihanna, it was written and produced by Calvin Harris.
Harris has become one of the most sought after producers in the world, creating hit after hit. But his debut album, I Created Disco, was created on a computer in his bedroom.
These days, music production software programs give anyone the ability to produce high-quality recordings that were previously only possible in recording studios.
If you’d like to give music-making a try, then read on as we look at five of the best music production programs for beginners.
If you’re all about the Apple products, then this is an ideal choice. For starters, it comes for free on every Apple laptop, desktop, and iPad.
As you’d expect from an Apple product, GarageBand is very user-friendly with clear icons to differentiate the tracks. As you might imagine, this isn’t always the case with music production software. Built with beginners in mind, it’s still a pretty powerful tool in its own right.
If you’re looking to give music-making a try, and you own a Mac or iPad, then GarageBand is a good bet.
2. Logic Pro X
If you’re an Apple fanboy, but want something seriously powerful, then Logic Pro X is the choice for you. But you’ll have to pay for it.
It takes the ease of use of GarageBand and adds in a ton of powerful features. It’s also features a huge range of synths, virtual instruments, and plugins. The learning curve is definitely a lot steeper for Logic, but due to its popularity, there are plenty of useful videos and forums out there if you get stuck.
3. FL Studio
FL Studio has been around a long time, from its first incarnation as Fruity Loops. That is, until Kellogg’s pointed out the trademark infringement.
And it’s come a long way in that time. If you use Windows, this is a great first choice for music production. FL Studio allows you to record, edit, and mix your masterpiece with ease.
And it comes packed with lots of virtual instruments and plugins.
4. Ableton Live
As the name might suggest, Ableton Live is not only great for making music. It’s also brilliant for performing it live.
Quite similar to Logic Pro X with its clean user interface, Ableton Live has the live performer at heart. It allows you to trigger loops and beats on the fly during your performance. It also works flawlessly with the rest of your music technology.
If you’re looking to take your musical creations to the masses, this is a great choice.
If you want to see software like Ableton Live put through its paces in a live setting, then book a Scandal club table and pick up some pointers.
5. Cakewalk by Bandlab
If you’re a Windows user jealous of the great free offering that Mac users get with GarageBand, then this could be for you.
Cakewalk’s Sonar was traditionally one of the best pieces of music production software for Windows. In 2018, Bandlab announced that they would be releasing the famous Sonar Platinum as a free download.
The software has a bit of a learning curve, but there are plenty of tutorials out there. If you’re wary of spending money on your first steps into music production, then this is a solid choice.
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