Entering into the world of computer-based recording is neither as expensive or as difficult as it used to be. Today’s entry-level DAWs (digital audio workstations) are not only more powerful than previous generations, they’re also far easier to use. Here’s MusicRadar’s guide to the best of them.
If you’ve got a Mac, your search for an application that will enable you to easily produce complete songs should stretch no further than the software that came installed on your computer when you bought it. Shipping with a selection of decent-sounding software instruments and, as of the ’09 version, a suite of virtual guitar amps and effects, GarageBand sets the standard for entry-level DAWs.