PRODUCTION EXPO 2013: As is inevitably widely discussed whenever we open the voting for our annual DAW poll, it’s virtually impossible for us to say that one digital audio workstation is better than all the others.
There are countless great music production applications on the market these days, and each has its strengths and weaknesses and will inevitably offer a workflow that will suit some musicians more than others.
So rather than try and debate which application is 'best', we've asked MusicRadar readers to vote on their current favourite. As such, the results are less a definitive ranking of DAWs by quality, more a barometer of which music making packages are currently the most popular.
The following countdown is based on your votes in our 2013 poll: you might dispute the order or the winner, but what we can say with some confidence is that, if you can’t make decent music with at least one of these products, the fault certainly doesn’t lie with the software. Our list here is a refreshed and updated version of the one that we've published in the past few years, and kicks off with...
MuLab is one of those DAWs that operates slightly under the radar: lots of people will never have heard of it, but its users are passionate about it.
If you want to do the basics - record/edit MIDI and audio, mix, use plug-ins etc - and like the idea of a simple, no-clutter interface, MuLab is certainly worth trying. Those who are prepared to dig a bit deeper will also find a powerful modular sound system under the hood.
A free version is available, while others cost €25 and €75.