What DAW Should I Use as a Starting Composer?

39 thoughts on “What DAW Should I Use as a Starting Composer?

  1. Yeah putting Digital Performer and leaving out Sonar just seems wrong, while all 4 have always been in existence(fifth one Live but excluding it) Sonar was always included and it is the best for film scoring. Nice selection, but I must say for starting FL Studio would work well, check Alex Moukala and Felix J Music channels and you’ll see how great they are in a cheap way.

  2. I'm a Studio One 4 composer and I love it. I have used Cubase and found it to be too clumsy in terms of work flow. The only reason I'm looking at Cubase 10 is 'cause I have a Yamaha Motif XF6 and I could never figure out how to integrate it fully with Studio One (not justthe midi recording but the internal sounds recorded), while Cubase is supposed to integrate seemlessly with Yamaha midi products. The sounds on the Motif are impressive however. The tech support from Yamaha is horrible – but their products are awesome. I'm sure the Montage and MODX series have huge improvements over Motif but I can only say that midi integration for the Motif has been simply one huge nightmare. (This as opposed to Korg's Kronos for example). So when you buy a DAW make sure that the potential workflows suit your specific needs.

  3. I wanted to use Avid sibelius with note performer as Film scoring plus Cubase as well running Nexus2 plugin added with Hollywood expansions. I would use nexus2 for Hollywood action stuff and sibelius for orchestration.

  4. Hi, I'm trying to get started on producing my music. Most of the time I just write scores and extract midis but now i want to get my music out there, I've been trying to find certain DAW specialized for orchestral music but i think what i might be looking for is samples? If so can you recommend me certain samples that are free or easy to get as a starting producer.

  5. You know the names of the DAWs but don't know any and can talk for 20 minutes without much detail. You should be in politics. Better next time. Regards

  6. Hello. I use some DAWs now. I use 4 of them for their ease of function. I didn't want to be stuck learning new things. I passed that stage. Once I learned how to use them I moved on to making music right away. I didn't waste any time.

  7. I use Ableton Live for Orchestral too, don't see limitations ( unless you use too many tracks : and that would be your computer) and I can use third party plug-ins.

  8. SAMPLITUDE is BEST ! ( if you want the most precise crystal clear SOUND ! Its 80 bit Audio Engine is just AMAZING ! )

  9. Todd. Do you you edit music? How can you? You can't even edit your rambling, "Valley-girl" speech patterns! This video was excruciating. And carried very little valuable information. Oy!

  10. which DAW do you use, you never told us LOL. Did you make a bet with someone that you would say "Cubase" in EVERY sentence??? It may be the best thing since the invention of the wheel, but I'm not prepared to sell my house to be able to buy all these things you mentioned for Cubase to work as it should. Scandalous, the way they rob their clients, no way they are getting my money! What's next? If you do not change all the tires on your car within a week, and send us evidence that you give your children pancakes every day, you will no longer be allowed to use our services. I know, ridiculous, but so is their method of bankrupting their customers.

  11. Best ones are Reaper or Logic for everything, FL Studio and/or Ableton Live for electronic midi based loop stuff.

  12. Hi I am a beginner in producing.
    I started out with Magix Music Maker (Free Version); now half a year in I got to say I like it.. apart from the fact that it deletes projects on it's own (3 of 4 beats; can't even record vocals with this) and I couldn't use VSt-Plug Ins from other companys.
    For vocal recording I use Audacity cause for me it's the best and I got something like 11-12 years working experience with it and yeah I just love it.
    So yesterday I bought myself an Interfeace (UR 242) and along with it came Cubase 9.5 AI. What do you think of this version or is it better to instantly upgrade to elements or another version? Im used to patching things up myself or figuring ways out to work with programs after some playing around with it👌
    I am producing/recording Hip Hop/RnB Beats/Vocals and Death-/Progressive Metal Guitar + Keyboard + Recorder + Bass Guitar and Acoustic Guitar.

    Please help a noob! thnx ❤

    Oh yeah that's my homestudio in our main studio "we" are using ableton (not me but everyone else, I just hate working with it)

  13. Watch any of this guys videos and remember, it's not about the sequencer you use, it's you need to learn how to compose first. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtEIN3lPN2I. he uses Voyetra Sequencer Plus Gold, DOS based.

  14. 20mins? Here's a short answer. Logic pro x.

    A composer that uses both Logic and cubase constantly.

  15. Yeah, I had to leave Logic Pro X because of its limitations. Sadly I've found out that a lot of DAWs are better than Logic (i.e. Cubase, DP, Ableton, Studio One). I'm sticking to Ableton Live 10 right now.

  16. I would assume a "starting composer" wouldn't have a lot of money and there are many free daws that are excellent. Like Traction. But I would HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Mixcraft 8 pro for under $200. It's SO EASY and comes with outstanding plug-ins and thousands of loops.

    I love Reason and Reaper but wouldn't recommend them for noobies.

  17. What is your biggest limitation you experienced in Logic? Don't have the time now to switch and learn a new DAW. Who knows when I see a killer feature I would make the switch.

  18. All DAW's are good, it just depends on your preference. No one DAW outshines the others. The main point in composing is how creative you are. You can have the lowest and cheapest gear but if you're very creative then your outcome will be much better than someone who has the best and most expensive equipment but no creative talent. If you can afford the best gear and are very creative then God Bless. Don't get hung up on brand names, focus more on creativity.

  19. I think a starting composer should use Reaper because it's the cheapest but it competes with the big boy DAWs like Cubase or Studio One! It doesn't have much in terms of a sound library but you can use virtual and vst or sound content with it! It sees all my third party VSTs where some of my other DAWs don't!

  20. Reaper is $60, with an unlimited trial period. It's not only a full fledged DAW, it's one of the best DAWs out there and has a thriving community. Don't let the price fool you. You can do everything you can in Cubase AND configure it to your own personal workflow. I've used most of the major DAWs for many years each and found a home in Reaper. I finally have a DAW that I can control rather than letting it control me.

  21. Is FL Studio any good for orchestral compositions like film scores and stuff? I feel like it’s not too different from Abelton.

  22. Daniel Pemberton uses Logic Pro X for his film scores. Hans Zimmer Cubase. Danny Elfman Digital Performer. It's not about what buttons you have. It's about knowing when to push them.

  23. Hey Todd – I have been using DP for composing to picture. However, I will be giving Cubase a try. DP has a video screen that allows me to separate the video from other all other project windows and enlarge it enough to dedicate full screen space on a separate monitor. Does Cubase allow this?

  24. In my opinion when you are is search for a DAW you must not look only the Interface or what it offers at the moment. You have to dig in a little deeper and search for what the program is going to be in the future. For example you are not going to use Ableton for Orchestral Music. I am not saying that you can't do it and its not possible but the program or its future its not meant for it. Cubase on the other hand offers you more flexibility when it comes to midi editing. Midi Logical Editor in combination with a MIDI Controller Interface is one of the best things out there and it can save you A LOT of time if you learn how to use it and implement in your workflow. (I suggest you take a look at this: https://liine.net/en/products/lemur/ if you want a cheap solution for a Midi Controller.) One of the things you also have to notice is that changing DAW's frequently is not going to help you at all. You will ruin your workflow and your productivity. Choosing your DAW is a one time choice that should never be changed.

  25. Thanks for this video talk… It is interesting to see that you switched from Logic, which I think it is a slick piece of software, to Cubase 9. I really like what I have seen about Logic but I am a PC user and won't switch to a Mac just to use Logic. I have used Cubase for quite a few years and stopped at Cubase 7 but got tired of not having certain things like to be able to dock windows that is now finally part of Cubase 9. I am currently on the fence whether to upgrade from Cubase 7 to Pro 9, which is quite a bit of money, or switch for good to Reaper. I must confess that Expression Maps and the Cubase score editor, plus some of the new features of Cubase 9 are tempting me to stay with Cubase. Cheers, Max

  26. This video could have been summed up in 2 minutes by someone that knows what they're talking about.

  27. People should use the software they like, They all do the same thing. Stop the OCD and go make some music. To me after looking around, all these people think they are composers are nothing more then reviewers for sound libraries. Please stop this bad info, you could mess with a great young composer and make that person confused.
    These videos are nothing more then acting like a studio engineer

  28. Hmm, you care to mention Ableton but not Studio One, Sonar or Reaper? All of which are Imo more suited to composers than Ableton, hell even FL Studio deserves a mention alongside Ableton Imo. 😀

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