The answer to all your whys is simple and straight, Not every editing app in the market keeps up with everything new the creative brains bring in. Talk about transitions, there are literally 2000 and you need to find them all in an app and at one place, if you sign up and pay for one editing app. You cannot just dive in and buy anything random, be specific, know what you need exactly and then invest smartly. Sometimes, what you think is good for you or is popular on the market, might not be the right choice for you.
Making music in this fine era: Technology is blooming. A little more than a decade ago, if you wanted to make music, you would have to rent a studio, expensive equipment, and get professional training to maneuver the equipment. Needless to say, it wasn’t easy on the pockets. Then tech giants did their thing and gave you audio stations on your desks, laptops, iPads, and even your phones. A decade later, anyone can mix sound professionally without the studio and co. With the boom of the digital audio workstations, with different options offering different features on different budgets, it has become extremely important to choose just the right DAW for your specific needs, to maximize utility.
With great options comes great confusion, and it can be quite a task to find your soulmate DAW. Here are a few tips to guide you find your best suit:
Do your research-
The best way to start is research. Always research. Talk to as many people as you can who already do the type of work you’re looking to pursue. Read reviews and take feedback from current users of applications that you’re considering. Having said that, know that you are not bound to take up anyone’s suggestion. Something that works for one person might not exactly be favorable by some other. Allow yourself to have preferences, and always prioritize the features that are essential for you.
Hold the big bucks-
If you’re just starting out in the music industry, and unsure of what to expect from DAWs, don’t directly go investing in expensive and heavy plans. It’s wise to test the waters first with the most inexpensive, or if possible- then free, software. Start out with a set idea of what you expect from your ideal DAW and make a list of features, then look for the most inexpensive/ free software that offers most/all of those features. For example if you’re just starting out and are relatively untrained you might want to look out for applications like GarageBand that offer free lessons along with regular features, but if you’re a trained and experienced person and want to dive straight into hard-core work, then you may look for applications that offer more plugins, as opposed to prioritizing a more friendly user interface.
You need to keep a few other things in mind while deciding on your ideal fit:
- Take into account the operating system you’ll be using. There are different programs for Macs and PCs.
- Take into account the kind of device you’ll be using. Different software needs a different kind of processor speed and take up varying space in your hard-drive. Your computer needs to have enough processor speed and space to avoid frozen screens and glitches.
Try free demos-
Just looking at a list of features is not enough to give you an idea of how compatible you are with an application. The workflow and the design of these apps are as important as the primary features. So before you invest in software, try to get an idea of how well the program suits you. Most paid software offer a limited period free trial or demo. Try and make full use of it, and check out first hand how user-friendly the interface is, and how well the app is compatible with your needs and way of working. If you can’t lay your hand on a free trial/ Demo, try reaching out to someone who already uses the application and looks if it could be possible for you to have a trial run with them. Your best options will allow you to work swiftly and efficiently with limited or no help from the user instructions manual. If it feels natural and intuitive, go ahead and subscribe!
What are our editing app recommendations:
If you are absolutely unsure of where to start, here are a few recommendations you could try out-
- GarageBand – Free, for macOS
- Adobe Audition – Paid, for Windows and macOS
- Logic Pro X – paid, for macOS only
- Audacity – Free, for Windows, macOS and Linux
- Reaper – Paid, for Windows, macOS and Linux
- FL Studio – Paid, for Windows and macOS
- Ableton Live – Paid, for Windows and macOS
- Cubase – Paid, for Windows and macOS
- Oceanaudio – Free, for Windows, macOS and Linux