A digital audio workstation (DAW) is a piece of software used to record and manipulate audio.
Most modern DAW interfaces usually consist of a library manager, audio mixer, multiple tracks arranged linearly (although other layouts exist) and track and transport controls.
Interface is arguably the most important thing to consider when choosing a DAW as functionally of most DAWs is comparable. Still, things such as cost, bundled plugins and instruments, companion apps, computer resource usage and stability should be taken into consideration as well.
|51 Recommended Products||Recommendations||Compatibility||MIDI?||Max number of tracks|
|#1 Ableton Live 9· · ·||64 | 15||Mac, Windows||Yes||Unlimited|
|#2 Reaper· · ·||73 | 28||Mac, Windows, 64-bit Linux (beta)||Yes||Unlimited|
|#3 Logic Pro X· · ·||38 | 10||Mac||Yes||Unlimited|
|#4 Studio One· · ·||33 | 8||Mac, Windows||–||–|
|#5 FL Studio· · ·||52 | 20||Mac, Windows||Yes||199|
|#6 Bitwig Studio· · ·||24 | 5||Mac, Linux, Windows||–||–|