In order to create your music you need to have software. We call this type of software DAW’s (Digital Audio Workstation). There are a lot of products available, but which one suits your needs the best?
To be honest, it doesn’t really matter which DAW you choose. It all comes down to what you do with it, the DAW is just a tool. My advice would be pick one that you like and stick with it.
But there are some things to take in consideration like price, platform etc. so I suggest you try out one (or more) of the DAW’s below:
Logic is Apple’s DAW which is used by a lot of scene heavy weights. Praised for it’s interface and workflow. Criticized for it’s instability and lack of updates. Since Apple bought Logic, it became Mac only. But at the low price of $199 in the App Store it’s hard to beat in terms of value for money.
Image-Line’s FL Studio is a Windows only DAW which is also used by a lot of scene heavy weights like Afrojack, Porter Robinson and Avicii. Image-Line gives free life time updates on FL Studio which is a huge advantage in my opinion. At a price of only $199 this application is an interesting option for Windows users.
Ableton Live is another popular DAW which is cross-platform (available on both Windows and Mac) which is of course a huge advantage when collaborating. Used by for example Laidback Luke. Another advantage is the fact that there are a lot of artists which use Ableton for live performances which can make this the all in one solution for EDM artists.
Cubase by Steinberg has a very similar interface/workflow as Logic in my experience. Used by for example John Dahlback and Deniz Koyu. It’s a cross-platform applicant but it requires a USB dongle which holds the license. Which for me is a major turn down, it’s not convenient when on the road and since i’m working on an iMac I don’t have a lot of USB ports.
I personally use Logic Pro and most tutorials I write will be in Logic. But the principles are similar for every DAW, so there’s no need to get Logic in order to be able to learn everything on the blog.
But in my opinion, if you’re Mac-based like me, there’s no better option then Logic at this price. I really love the workflow and the interface of Logic, but the stability is something which made me think of switching for sometime. I demoed some other DAW’s but I couldn’t get used to it, because I’m really hooked on Logic’s workflow and interface. So therefore my advice is pick a DAW and master it.