20 Windows DAWs Worth Using

Most of the world use Windows computers, so the chances are you’re one of them. So if you want to produce music on your computer, what are your options? Fortunately there are a heap of them – most of the big name digital audio workstation software works fine on Windows, and they’re not your only choices. So sit down and take a menu. We list the “big gun” software you can choose from, some inexpensive (less than $100) alternatives, and a few free options.

Sometimes the last thing you need when you’re making a choice is more options! But personally I prefer to know what the alternatives are before making up my mind – especially when it potentially costs a lot of money. I’d really appreciate comments of your own experiences. Feel free to let us know which programs you’ve used, how easy they were to get your mind around, and whether they have the features you needed. I’ll add many of your comments to the 2012 version of the list.

The Big Guns

If you’re serious about producing music, you’ll want to invest in the best software you can afford. Here are eleven of the top DAWs, ranging in price from $200 all the way up to $1000. We start with the DAWs we tend to focus on here at Audiotuts+ (the only one missing is Apple’s Logic Pro, which only works on Macs), then branch out to six other popular and powerful alternatives – including a few that are relatively new.

Avid Pro Tools 9

$595 at Amazon

“Power, creativity, and flexibility in the world’s most advanced audio production platform.”

“Whether you’re in a professional facility, home studio, or on the road, nothing gives you the quality, speed, capability, ease, and inspiration to create like Pro Tools, the most widely used audio creation/production system in the industry. With Pro Tools 9, you can compose, record, edit, and mix music and sound for picture the way you want—with a high-performance Avid audio interface or without, on a Mac or PC, and with more flexibility than ever.”

With Pro Tools 9 you no longer need to purchase Digidesign or M-Audio hardware in order to get it. There is now a software-only option, which is great news.

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Image-Line FL Studio 9

$279 (Signature Bundle), $195 (Producer Edition) at Amazon

“FL Studio 9 is a complete software music production environment, representing the culmination of more than 10 years of sustained & focused development. FL9 is the fastest way from your brain to your speakers.”

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Ableton Live 8

$395 at Amazon

“Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live’s nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make it a unique studio tool and a favorite with live performers. If you’d rather be “making music” than just “using music software,” Ableton Live is for you. Live 8, the latest version, includes a wealth of new techniques and improvements with a new groove engine, revamped warping, live looping, new effects, crossfades in the Arrangement View and a reworked MIDI editor.”

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Propellerhead Reason 5 and Record 1.5

$283 (Reason) and $169 (Record for Reason owners) from Amazon (or $387 for both)

“Reason is a virtual studio rack with all the tools and instruments you need to turn your ideas into music. With its generous sound bank and intuitive flow, Reason helps you along in creative process, and is the music software that never gets in your way.”

“Record gives you unlimited audio tracks, world class effects and mixing gear, and a whole new take on music recording. With an intuitive, straightforward interface and a hands-on approach to capturing performances, Record was designed for musicians – not audio engineers. This is recording done right.”

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Steinberg Cubase 6

$478.36 from Amazon

“With an array of sensational features and advanced tools designed to deliver the best and most harmonious results, Cubase 6 is your go-to audio workstation for recording, editing, mixing and producing music of all types. With its emphasis not only on technology and precision but also on user friendliness, usability and ergonomics, Cubase 6 empowers creative imagination to bring out the best in you. That’s why Cubase is the choice of countless musicians and producers around the world. That’s why Cubase 6 is the most advanced music production system today.”

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Another Six Popular DAWs

No website can cover everything, so at Audiotuts+ we limit our main focus to the applications listed above. That doesn’t mean the other alternatives are not worth considering. Here are six of them. Do you feel that we should be covering some of these?

Great DAWs for Less than $100

If you’re just starting out, or are on a tight budget, then you may not be ready to fork out $1000 for a software program – or even $200. Here are seven great quality apps that you can pick up for less than $100 (or just over $100 in one case).

Cockos REAPER 3

$150 (full commercial license) or $40 (discounted license)

“Audio production without limits.”

“REAPER is a digital audio workstation: a complete multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering environment.”

“REAPER is designed to let you work quickly and creatively, without imposing any artificial limits on what you can do. REAPER doesn’t have track types, busses, tools, or offline processing. If you want to create a drum bus, simply add a track above the drum tracks and press the folder button – the drums will automatically send to the folder, Once you get the drum levels and FX tweaked right where you want them, you can record the folder’s output to non-destructively freeze the drums and move on. ”


Costs 58 EUR

“With Renoise you create loops, beats and melodies efficiently step-by-step. It’s a complete, expandable Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) with a refreshing twist. Renoise is affordable, yet no corners have been cut in regard to features.”

Five Budget Versions of the Big Guns

FL Studio, Ableton Live, Cakewalk, Sony ACID and PreSonus Studio One have budget versions of their software for under $100.

For Free!

I enjoy checking out free software and comparing it with the more expensive alternatives, and have become very impressed with the quality of free software. Here are a few apps that cost nothing, but look like they perform admirably well. If you’ve tried any of them, please let us know your opinion in the comments.

Traverso DAW

“Traverso DAW is an audio recording and editing program which is very well suited to record a single voice, a band, an ensemble, a whole orchestra or any other source of music! Both the home and professional user will find Traverso attractive, it’s clean interface is easy to learn, and enables you to work quickly and efficiently!”


“Enjoy making music.”

“MU.LAB is a hi-quality music application for Mac OSX and Windows, transforming your computer into a complete music studio! MU.LAB does not overwhelm you with a complex feature set, in which you can get lost. On the contrary, MU.LAB is a user-friendly yet rock-solid musical tool designed to create, finetune and play Your Music!”


I wouldn’t call Frinika beautiful, but it seems functional. Being Java-based it works on most operating systems.

“Frinika is a free (licensed under GNU GPL) complete music workstation software containing sequencer, midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more. The goal of Frinika is to be a complete platform for making music with your computer, using the versatile Java platform to be able to run on several operating systems, and being open source to be able to embrace the best open source technology being available at any time.”

發表時間:2013年8月30日 | 評論 (0) | 全文


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pokemon D 神獸一代比一代多...
遲D 裝返逆轉檢視玩先, 記得仲未爆...
發表時間:2013年8月25日 | 評論 (0) | 全文


今日起身同東同好湯食薩利亞, 雖然佢地話一直都係咁, 但唔知點解覺得平左好多咁...
去腦場買左舊電, (係日本唔見左原來果舊)

一塊睇上去有10吋ge 畫板: $580


之後同Greatsoup 由深水步行返黎...係深水步ge 一條很小的行人隊道突然發現Mister Christian 表演中



搵到個X-Kizz 舊會員但佢死口唔認...

Fix 左rf Viewforum 個scroll
Fix 左回覆個請稍候keep 住係度
發表時間:2013年8月25日 | 評論 (0) | 全文

o2jam 今天的玩家水平

所謂十年樹木, 百年樹人。不經不覺, o2jam 已經今年已經是十年了, 作為一隻音樂遊戲, 也早行將就木了。

老玩家在o2jam 的成長期中的回憶肯定還是歷歷在目。o2jam 產生在一個無與倫比, 給與玩家成為真正玩家的時代。
PS/2 接口的鍵盤: 提供所有人剛好7-8盤的無衝突輸入
CRT Mon: 以最少的殘影, 在最少的譜面視野提供最大的資訊
MP3 音源出現: 給與玩家最新的樂趣和享受

o2jam 和BeatMania 可以說是利用了手指短時間的反射和肌腱微少的移動消耗, 成功地讓譜面的複雜度提升到一個很高的水平。
而o2jam 則更是放棄了打擊時所需求餘下的一點點思考, 除了雙空玩家, 大部分的高級玩家都只需要讀譜, 而不需要解譜; 在我眼中, 這個條件已經讓o2jam 譜面的複雜度, 提高到幾乎無可超越的水平。

今天的玩家在egame, 榮譽, ac 還在看到幾個, 對他們來說, 以前3x 級的魔王曲, 除了故意要損血的連打段, 現在已經是可以Full combo 了。
那麼, 如果今天o2jam的玩家在玩的話, 能玩的歌去到甚麼地步呢?
很便利地在Youtube 找到一個在兩年前也有放片上yt 的玩家的片段

總括來說, 以前是以40級作為頂點, Gaussian blur 一首以超長連打段作為高等級的特例的時代完結後。

o2jam 的樂曲在這幾年間已經伸延到100級這個水平了, 密度沒有以前的兩倍, 畢竟人是有極限的, 只修改一點點人們就已經受不了了。
40-50級: 以o2jam 總結時的Phase1 作為起點, 打擊密度自然不會下降, End of Fight 時引進的反鍵群會變後愈來愈常見
1:00 之後的反鍵
1:15 之後的獨立freeze

由於是自由創作的關係, 體力化的曲多起上來

LV50-LV60: 沒有質變, 可是量變還是十分可怕, 會關始在普通打擊段出現茶/青軸鍵盤入力不能的排序密度
在混合freeze 的級排, 會因為過於急速而在實時解讀時出現窒息感


密度更高, 茶/青軸不能應付, 要求紅黑或薄膜。


要求更長時間的集中力, 四分鐘上的曲, 玩起上來可沒看那麼輕鬆, 會突然不想玩的

這個階段的密度會比LV40時已經提升了40%以上, 我說得真冷淡, 可是讀起來卻真是太起力了

老實讀我在頂峰時期把鍵盤敲破也是只到6x的地步, 80以上的對我來說實在是電腦譜的感覺


電腦譜出現的時間變得更長, 1:00 之後的整整50秒對我來說都是解讀不能的

我認為都差不遠, 能過都是極期有愛的, 而且評級還是十分混亂, 互相比較明顯不足, 很多時是70級以上但因為某難點比某歌難而出現很高的level; 而且各伺服器各自為政, 100級以上得多時都是亂標的

但也是有很有觀賞性的東西, 打起來隨處都是無責任插鍵:
直到你沒力氣, 沒精神, 就這樣, 反正o2jam 的玩家都不會再解譜了, 就看大家的反射橋誰比較堅固了
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik-kLsqTkgw 這個有手看 XD

發表時間:2013年8月23日 | 評論 (0) | 全文


回來的頭幾個小時還真保持了很好的心態, 到現在只還如下一根稻草。我真恨死那不理是非不理事實來龍去脈而只為自己個人感覺而說話的人。


今日返工時間過得好快啊>< 一直係咁咳就放工(哭)
突然想去上堂學下d 咩, 但又唔知學咩好
然後megu megu 到此為止了總是3A 不了。雖然不打notes 但只有愛看來不能把它3A 起來。
已經開始要打宇宙時間了。那個甚麼爛Event , 根本吸錢。一個credit event 歌等抽獎好了。

前幾日爆左一次綠寶石, 發覺一路行過黎只要練起主角, 留下撿起來的Ether, 其餘的甚麼都不用想就可以在不練級的情況下爆五天王。實在不行就把所以Rare Candy 吃下了。根本可以無腦爆機。

把有生以來覺得最重要的CD 送了給一個相識只有數小時的人, 這是甚麼浪漫>< 之後在BOOK.OFF 竟然再找不回來了...

發表時間:2013年8月20日 | 評論 (1) | 全文


起身又煲wind runner, 好厭, 想破解
同細佬食飯然後上網吧打LOL, 連輸三局
旺角快閃, 五首老歌x三個地點, 好彩係para
希望有朝一日可以有日可以唔閃para para 閃下其他歌, 怕唔齊咪玩下rukaruka, megumegu, riririri 囉, 都好睇
同佢地食野, 以為有野食點知佢地已經一早食左, 只輪左場糖水
夜晚再落mk88, 過十二點先食個bigmac EVM當晚飯

Yesterday 係幾好聽
最近又玩返pokemon綠寶石, 好正啊XDD
有部GameBoy 但搵唔到帶wtf?
係淘寶搵到D 二手midi keyboard 幾抵玩, 但諗諗下又覺得其實唔洗用
與其要個keyboard 還不如要一個pad 玩, 但又的確無必要, 有d 後悔當初無買二合一
Origin 最近Free battlefield1942, 尋日Download 左, 發覺低畫質無咁易暈

發表時間:2013年8月5日 | 評論 (1) | 全文


  • 整個心情很日本, 上班集中不能
  • 迅雷一個kontakt5 只用3分鐘(殊)
  • 最近和kayano 傾得好密
  • 遙已聯絡不上(哭)
  • 正當在為大久野島一天的住宿發愁, 就得到直也的收留, 真好
  • zkiz股票新聞關注功能已整
  • 已fix rf 黑名單功能
  • 聽日會去para快閃
  • 從jellyfish 同nova 的FB 得知, 佢地同另一個group 已經勢成水火, 明文地責備掛羊頭賣狗肉, 我也覺得沒錯, 但是這樣成分的狗肉我還是能夠接受
  • fix rf 的font tag
  • 將神快玩厭了
  • pokopang 也是
  • 今天開始wind runner , 頗爽
  • 只有兩octaves 的microkey 真的很杯具, 正想在fb 徵一個時, 就想到其實可以midi keyboard + keyboard 去拆開黎彈, 我真是天才
  • 已為biao 的rpg 做好幾隻bgm, 現在全力打造一隻op
  • 裝了Vocaloiad 3+IA , 用它的精神負荷真心大! 
  • 自IA 出的那時就一直聽六兆年, 到現在還是每次聽都可以燃起來, 很神奇
  • 只計動作不計判定, Colorful World 對我來說是超五星
  • 今天greatsoup 來我家, 發現他不懂打字, 只有wpm4x 確率40% 的新手程度, 還可以每天打那麼多, 真替他辛苦
  • 我問我弟最好的編曲人員和作曲家在哪...荷里活?SQ?樂團?EA? 都不是, 我得出一個可以嚴密推敲的答案 - 電子樂器制造商: 比如說NI
  • 其實我應該每天都打日記, 可是很沒動力
發表時間:2013年8月4日 | 評論 (4) | 全文


I've been upset, for the same thing, by another one, again, and once again.
So whether you try to determined to give pressure or no pressure; they are all wrong; that's not the point.

There is a maze, which have n players are randomly located and walking inside. The players are able to draw maps or memorize the paths and sights they have noticed. When they meet each other, they have the choice to or not to share their obtained information. In order to find out the exit as soon as possible. What would be the strategy to win the game? =>Lying on the information going to be shared.

There is a plane with n players standing on the circumference of a circle, where there will be more than 1 players within 30 degrees to the center. The first player reached the center of the circle will win $10000000. Players can attack each other. What would be the strategy to win? The fastest runner who have a signed contract, which meant to be sharing the prize, with the players besides him.

There is a lane with two players, who want to get to the center of the lane faster than the another, on each of the edges. They can do shooting, guarding, moving, or moving and talking. They threw their weapons together and become friends.
發表時間:2013年7月23日 | 評論 (0) | 全文


常玩的電子遊戲? Dance Evolution Arcade, RIFT
常聽的歌? 相川七瀨-恋心Acoustic ver.
讀過的書? 北京師大的公開課: 從愛因斯坦到霍金的宇宙
看過的影片? 請左youtube 搜"炊飯器"
新增的知識? 見兩點前
新增的技能? Unity3d 入門
完成的作品? https://soundcloud.com/abby-chau-yu-hoi/veua6ay802dn https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151689249418965&set=a.10150619310178965.412213.505933964&type=1&theater
奇怪的習慣? 睡很大
工作和學業的走勢? 平
感受到的社會走勢? AR 和VR 的開始起步發展, 會進入有穩健商業模式的時代
發現了的好食品/飲品? M記巨無霸餐同魚柳包餐...
美術體驗? 看了幾個繪畫流派的畫, 有時間會再研究
得意於? N/A
失意於? 又被一直在意的人避開了
發表時間:2013年7月22日 | 評論 (0) | 全文


印象中已經係fb 度share 過三次(所以唔貼係facebook 洗版), 係我覺得盧巧音有[救世主級]潛力的作品, 威力比起好心分手及垃圾有過之而無不及。(雖然馬俊偉好唔入戲...爆)

發表時間:2013年7月14日 | 評論 (1) | 全文