Are you ready to start your electronic music production journey? After you’ve built a PC capable of running the latest software, you’ll need a DAW to start creating beats. We take you through some of the most popular options for people looking to produce electronic music like psytrance, techno and drum & bass

Ableton Live – $499 single license

A popular option for top electronic music producers, as it can take you from start to finish with your track and can be used in conjunction with your live sets. Live broke out of the traditional design for music software in 2011 and has been gaining in popularity ever since. Ableton Live features blazing fast multitrack recording and MIDI sequencing, make it a viable option if you’re recording multiple sources for a track.

Steinberg Cubase Pro – $549 single license

Cubase is commonly used by some of the best composers in the world, thanks to its beautiful interface and features. It’s great for composing, recording, mixing and editing music. If you’re currently studying, you might be able to buy an education license cheaper.

FL Studio – $199 single license

While Ableton leans towards studio work, FL Studio is for DJ mixing and editing, but that doesn’t mean it can’t do almost everything. For music production, the software comes with a bunch of popular plugins, and the Producer Edition features lifetime software updates.

Logic X Pro – $199.99 single license

Logic X Pro is a popular piece of software and is a complete profession recording studio for Mac devices. If you own a Windows-based device, you’re straight out of luck. Logic Pro X puts a complete recording and MIDI production studio on your Mac, with everything a pro musician needs to write, record, edit, and mix like never before. If you own a Mac device, Logic X Pro is the cheapest option on the list for $199.99!

Propellerhead Reason – $399.99 single license

Reason differs from the DAWs above, as it was mainly intended to mimic the design of a physical hardware rack connecting things like a mixer, processors, samplers and more. The modular approach is great for some, but perhaps less intuitive for electronic music producers.

Other DAWs not typically used for electronic music production

  • Adobe Audition CC
  • Bitwig Studio
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • iZotope RX
  • Reaper
  • Audacity (free)
  • Cakewalk (free)

Do you feel like you have to the knowledge to pick out the perfect DAW for your needs? You are one step away from your digital software purchase and electronic music production journey!