Best Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs)

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Digital Auto Workstations (DAWs) are so important when you’re trying to produce and record your electronic drum music because it’s the software that you use to record your music. Before you pick out a DAW you need to think about what you would be spending the most time doing with your music, for instance, will you be spending more time mixing music or writing music? Are you looking for a DAW that works well for on the specific job, or do you want one that is an all-rounder?

Once you’ve figured this out, you can choose the best DAW for you.

Keep in mind that each DAW software has different computer requirements, so make sure to read about those before you purchase anything. You can take care of these requirements with a desktop or laptop computer, either Windows or Mac operating systems will work too. Below you’ll find a list of some of the most popular DAWs on the market today.

Pro Tools 12

Pro Tools 12 is one of the most popular DAWs on the market today. It does excellent work when it comes to professional editing and mixing and is often called an industry standard. The stock plugins that come with this DAW are generally good. However, they lack a stocked multiband compressor – this isn’t too big of an issue though because the stock compressor can still be used for sidechain and parallel compression.

pro tools 12


  • Great for mixing, editing, and recording music
  • Extremely powerful tool
  • Once you learn how to use this software, you have the skills to work in a variety of audio environments


  • Expensive
  • You can’t buy the Pro Tools Software on its own – it won’t even work without a Pro Tools approved audio interface. 

Ableton Live

This DAW is designed with both live performance and production in mind. Because of this, it doesn’t come with as many features as other DAWs do, but the simplicity and workflow are part of Ableton Live’s design. This is one of the most popular DAWs on the market today, and it’s great for beginners too.

ableton live


  • Live performance
  • Fast workflow
  • Clean interface


  • Plain GUI
  • Fewer feature options
  • Expensive

FL Studio

This is another affordable DAW that is popular among electronic music producers. FL Studio is extremely easy to use and has some amazing composition features, but it’s not great for working with audio. This DAW comes with a variety of synths and other options for producers to play around with.

fl studio


  • Includes great plugins
  • Great feature options
  • Flexible workflow


  • Confusing interface to work with
  • Too many options that it can feel overwhelming
  • Live performance mode is sub-par
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