Music Production software is the digital tools using which one can create, record, edit, and mix music. They are mostly used by the EDM creators. This software removes the use of using any kind of instruments, which is, in fact, is better than banging your drums hard and getting scolded by everyone. When I was a kid, I developed interest towards developing music, which in fact was just mixing the two songs in a really horrible pattern. Trust me, that was the last thing you want to listen. Keeping jokes aside, Here, I’ll tell you 10 Best Music Production software for PC.

  1. FL Studio 12
  2. Ableton Live
  3. Cubase
  4. PropellerHead Reason
  5. Avid Pro Tools
  6. Cake Walk Sonar
  7. Audacity
  8. Hydrogen
  9. LMMS
  10. Darkwave Studio
Some Tips for Beginners before choosing any software:
  • Is this software requires any special driver like ASIO4AII?
  • Are the VST instruments included?
  • Is it possible to mix up our tracks?
  • Whether or not, is there any necessary support?
  • How many resources are required?
  • Can a real instrument be connected to the software?
  • Do you require ad 3rd party plugin before the start of your music production journey?

Let’s start our journey to know this music software better.

1. FL Studio 12

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FL Studio also known as Fruity Loops is the first in my list of 10 Best Music Production software for PC. This software is the most popular digital workstation for creating music. It also comes handy in three editions, namely Signature, Producer, and Fruity. All three versions have common features but some extra features are included in Signature and Producer.  The software is also compatible with platforms such as Windows.

Software Requirements and Availability:

CPU: 2Ghz Intel Pentiu4/ AMD Athlon 64

OS: Windows XP or above

RAM: 1GB

Memory: 1GB

Availability: Paid (free trial for 1 month)

Make music using FL Studio 12

2. Ableton Live

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Ableton Live is another music creation software. This software also provides an awesome environment to create music. It provides the user with advanced MIDI recording capabilities, allowing them to work with hardware or software synthesizers, samplers, and drum pads. The audio recording feature allows the user to capture every sound.  The software is also compatible with platforms such as Windows.

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Software Requirements and Availability:

CPU: Multicore Processor

OS: Windows 7, 8, 10

RAM: 4GB

Memory: 3GB

Availability: Paid (trial for free)

Make music using Ableton Live

3. Cubase

10 Best Music Production software for PC

Cubase music Production software is powered by Steinberg. This digital workstation is considered as the best digital audio workstation ever. Cubase is a complete tool which covers all the aspects o music production. The soul recording quality is amazing and the best part is that this software does not come with rigid limitations. It allows the user to put its creativity. There is three version of Cube base.

  • Cubebase Elements
  • Cubebase Artist
  • Cbebase Pro

The software is compatible with platforms such as Windows.

Software Requirements and Availability:

CPU: Intel or AMD multicore processor (Intel i5 recommended)

OS: Windows 7 and above

RAM: 4GB

Memory: 18GB

Availability: Paid ($114.00)

Make music using Cubebase

4. PropellerHead Reason

10 Best Music Production software for PC

It is a digital audio workstation that allows the user to create, edit, compose, mix and finish the music. This software comes handy with various features and add-on to provide the user with an amazing experience and minimize the trouble. It also allows you to add more VST plugins, as well as Rack Extensions. The software is compatible with platforms such as Windows.

Software Requirements and Availability:

CPU: Intel or AMD processor with Dual Core

OS: Windows 7 and above

RAM: 4GB (8GB recommended)

Memory: 4GB

Availability: Paid version is of $390 (also trial for 30days is available)

Make music using PropellorHead Reason

5. Avid Pro Tools 12

 

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10 Best Music Production software for PC

It is one powerful music production software that provides the user with the best music production experience. The added plugins and feature of adding more VST plugins makes it the best digital workstation in my list of 10 Best Music Production software for PC. It also provides you the feature of Project Revisions and Track Freeze. The software is compatible with platforms such as Windows.

Software Requirements and Availability:

CPU: Intel Core i5 processor

OS: Windows 7 and above

RAM: 8GB

Memory: 15GB

Availability: You can buy it for $599.0 or also get monthly subscription starting from $24.92

Make music using Avid Pro Tools 12

6. Cake Walk Sonar

10 Best Music Production software for PC

Cake Walk Sonar features VST3 support. It is the most stable, accurate and efficient plug-in format for PC. It is also compatible with the touch devices, which provides an analog feel to the creative process and enhance workflow efficiency. The software is compatible with platforms such as Windows.

Software Requirements and Availability:

CPU: Intel i5 or AMD multi-core processor

OS: Windows 7 and above

RAM: 4GB

Memory: 5GB

Availability: Different version of Sonar are available at different rates

Make music using Cake Walk Sonar

7. Audacity

10 Best Music Production software for PC

Audacity is another digital workstation in my list of 10 Best Music Production software for PC. This music production software provides the user with a lot of features. The software also enables users to apply a range of effects to music, adjust pitch, treble and bass, and much more. The program offers the user to control and edit the music in the form of waveforms. It has inbuilt support for the LV2, LADSPA, and Nyquist plug-ins. The software is also compatible with platforms such as Windows, Linux, as well as macOS.

Software Requirements and Availability:

CPU: Intel i3 multi-core processor

OS: Windows, Linux, macOS

RAM: 2GB

Memory: 7GB

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Availability: It is available for free.

Make music using Audacity

8. Hydrogen

10 Best Music Production software for PC

Hydrogen is an open-source music production software. To be more specific it is a digital drum machine. The software is compatible with platforms such as Windows, Linux, as well as macOS. It also features pre-installed GMkit that includes Snare, Jazz, Ride Jazz, Ride Rock, Stick, Snare Jazz, Closed HH, Pedal HH, and Cowbell drum kits. The software is compatible with platforms such as Windows, as well as Linux.

Software Requirements and Availability:

CPU: Intel i3 processor

OS: Windows, Linux

RAM: 2GB

Memory: 4GB

Availability: Audio Interface with ASIO driver

Make music using Hydrogen

9. LMMS

10 Best Music Production software for PC

LMMS or say Linux Multimedia Studio. It is a comprehensive,  open source music production application that comes handy with five editors. It also comes with various synthesizers to further refine the audio tracks. The five editors consist of Beat+Bassline Editor to feature the instruments such as Piano Roll, Automation Editor, and an FX Editor. It also supports VST and LADSPA plug-ins. The software is also compatible with platforms such as Windows, Linux.

Software Requirements and Availability:

CPU: 1GHz multi-core processor

OS: Windows, Linux

RAM: 512 MB

Memory:  2GB

Availability: It is available for free

Make music using LMMS

10. Darkwave Studio

10 Best Music Production software for PC

This studio is the last in my list of 10 Best Music Production software for PC. This is because of its cool interface as well as the best plugins available for the users. The feature of pattern editor, HD recorder, sequence editor, MIDI input and percussion synthesizer, makes it cooler. It also offers plenty of VST plugins. The software is also compatible with platforms such as Windows, Linux, as well as macOS.

Software Requirements and Availability:

CPU: Pentium and above

OS: Windows XP and above, Linux, macOS

RAM: 2GB

Memory: 1.89 MB

Availability:  It is available for free.

Make music using DarkWave Studio

About the author

Prajwal Ahluwalia

A tech enthusiast, An engineer by profession but writer & photographer by choice.