Best free DAWs for Music Production in 2019


Do you want to start making music using
your computer without spending a fortune on expensive software? Then this video is
exactly what you’re looking for! Another Producer
What’s good fellow musician? Welcome to another producers video on the best free
digital audio workstations. Today I’m going to cover ten music programs I
think you should really know about Because first of all they are free and
some of them are really really worth trying Personally I use Cubase 10 Pro
but some of those free digital audio workstations amazed me with what they
are capable of. In the end I’m going to share with you my favorite free DAWs for
each operating system Windows, Mac, Linux and also your browser. You can make music
inside your browser?! That’s right I didn’t know that either. Let’s get
started! Pro Tools first is also the first DAW
on this list. As Pro Tools is presumably still the industry standard in terms of
DAWs I wanted to integrate it, although I think the stripped-down version of it
really requires you to upgrade to one of their paid subscription plans. You can
only have up to 16 tracks which is not a problem if you’re just starting to make
music, but you also cannot use third-party plugins and it limits you to
only three projects. Furthermore you always need an internet connection
because your projects are stored in the avid cloud.
However Pro Tools first is good to get some insight into how Pro Tools works. It
comes with 3GB of sounds and 23 stock plugins, which is a lot. But it
probably won’t satisfy your needs. If you still want to check it out, you will find
a link to Pro Tools first and the other DAWs in the description below. The
2nd free da is OhmStudio by Ohm Force. Ohm Force is a French company which
mainly makes nice plugins like for example Frohmage, which is a free filter
plug-in. It maybe looks a little bit weird but actually it is really cool, go
check it out! With OhmStudio you can use your third-party plugins and you have no
track limitations. Unfortunately you cannot export your tracks in a lossless
format and your projects are also saved in a cloud.
The reason for that is ohm studios real-time collaboration feature with
which you and another musician can work on one project at the same time the
downside of this is that you only can have 10 projects unless you upgrade to a
hosting subscription plan. You can also upgrade the application itself which
then comes with 24-bit recording lossless export and depending on which
version you choose you get two or all of Ohm Forces plugins. Next up is Audiotool
a browser application for either Firefox or Chrome. As you can see it comes with a
bunch of fancy looking instruments and effects which actually sound really good.
But what I like the most about Audiotool is that you can use presets and
samples of other users if they make them available to you under a Creative
Commons license. You just have to sign up on their website and follow the link to
the application side to get to this user interface On the right-hand side you can
see this big box with the different devices and I was really curious about
this 808 emulation so I simply dragged and dropped it into the work area to use
it. Audiotool has a modular structure which means that you have to connect
your devices with those cables here like you would normally do in the analog
world. In the lower zone you can edit your different tracks by for example
drawing in some MIDI data. Alternatively you can also record yourself playing
them on a MIDI device. I couldn’t find a way to record audio directly inside this
session but you can go on another website to record samples and then
import them into your project similar to OhmStudio you can collaborate in real
time by inviting any Audiotool user to your project. You then can communicate
with each other via an audio/video chat in the lower right corner. Unfortunately
you can only publish your music to Audiotool itself or SoundCloud. At least I
couldn’t find a way to export directly to your hard drive.
The downside of such an online DAW is that you face more
latency and dropouts. I made this small loop here to demonstrate it and you can
also check it out on Audiotool itself I published it under Creative Commons
license for anyone to reuse. BandLab is another browser DAW which only works
inside of Google Chrome but it offers you over 120 different instruments and
advanced features like time stretching and real time auto pitch. You can record
audio directly inside your project window and it is structured more like a
traditional DAW with this big playlist window in the middle. It also supports
collaboration and even has got an app for Android and iOS. You can export your
audio files in lossless 24-bit WAV format and it has got some mastering
algorithm you could use to make your tracks more compatible in terms of
loudness. What I found really annoying is that you have to freeze each track
individually and I suppose it would be really handy to have some auto freeze
function. Also here you have to face latency and dropouts. To handle it a
little bit better BandLab has got a latency checker with which you can test
your actual latency. Afterwards BandLab automatically applies some correction. I
also made a small loop with BandLab to demonstrate to you the dropouts I talked
about. But always keep in mind that those issues depend on your individual
situation. For example if you have a great internet connection and good
hardware it’s likely that you have less dropouts than me. Just check it out
yourself Unlike the free version of ProTools I
think Studio One Prime is a good DAW to start making music. Although you can’t
use third-party plugins and have to be satisfied with only nine stock plugins
and one instrument you have no limitations in terms of tracks and
projects. Once you get to a point when you miss certain features you can
upgrade to either studio one artist for around 100 € or professional for
around 400 € You could also rent to own the
professional version via splice for $17 per month over a period of two years.
Also Ryan Bruce aka Fluff and Luke of Great Good Fine Okay use Studio One so
maybe it is the right DAW for you as well With SoundBridge you get a complete
DAW which is no lite version of a commercial product. Formerly known as
Lumit audio SoundBridge allows you to have an unlimited number of tracks and
you can use your third-party plugins You even can collaborate with other
musicians via Skytracks.io. It comes with RitMix which is a drum machine and nine
stock effects. As well as for the other DAWs
you will find a link to SoundBridge in the description below Number seven is a free digital audio workstation for our exotic birds using
Linux. Ardour is an open-source project initiated by Paul Davis. As SoundBridge
Ardour does not try to limit you in terms of tracks projects or third party
plugins It even has got a video timeline which
is especially cool if you want to create soundtracks for film productions or
simply edit your YouTube videos Ardour has no built in virtual instruments so
you will have to rely on third party software if you
want to use them. I’m going to cover the best free virtual instruments in another
video so consider subscribing if you are interested in that.
However Ardour has all the basic effects you need for a good mix. Another free DAW which also runs on Linux is T7 by Tracktion. It basically is an older
version of their current flagship Waveform 10. With T7 you get a complete DAW
with all the basic effects and the biotek synthesizer. Tracktion does
feature a single screen interface which lets you access all their features in
only one window. For only 69 bucks you get the full version of Waveform 10 with
advanced features including Melodyne essential and Antares auto tune, so
definitely go check it out. Mac users probably want to check out GarageBand. It
is a free music production software from Apple and somehow a stripped-down
version of their professional DAW Logic Pro X It comes with a variety of
instruments loops and effects. You can even learn to play guitar and piano with
the help of integrated music lessons GarageBand restricts you to 32 tracks
which is totally fine to create great music productions. A friend of mine
produced his complete EP inside of GarageBand but if you still need more
features you can upgrade to Logic for $200 In case you have an iPhone or iPad
you could also use the GarageBand app Last but not least we have Cakewalk by
BandLab and you might think “Wait a second..
BandLab? Wasn’t that the browser application you just talked about?” And
yes you are totally right. Cakewalk was formerly known as SONAR by Cakewalk.
After the active development of Cakewalk products were ceased
BandLab acquired certain assets of the company and made SONAR
available for free to all BandLab users It comes with four great sounding
instruments, nice effects and it has got a great customizable user interface. You
can arrange it by simply dragging around the different windows.
Furthermore it comes with VST3 and ARA support. For those who use Melodyne
for example. Unfortunately it is Windows only So which DAW is best for you? If
you are using Windows I think cakewalk is the best choice. You
get a great DAW which is updated frequently and supports leading
technologies. The only thing that might bother some of you guys is that you have
to install the BandLab assistant to use it As a Mac user the best option is
obviously GarageBand. Typical for Apple it is super intuitive and offers a
variety of ways to get creative. If the 32 tracks and features in GarageBand
aren’t enough for you you can upgrade to Logic Pro X for $200. If you’re working
on a Linux system I would use T7 by Tracktion. It gives you great features and
is relatively inexpensive to upgrade with only $69 for Waveform 10. The single
screen may be a feature but it also could be a disadvantage if you want to
use multiple screens. Making music in the browser was a whole new experience
for me I liked BandLab better than Audiotool
because it allowed me to export my music to my hard drive in high quality. So if
you can handle dropouts and latency BandLab is really really fun to use. Alright
so I hope this video helped you to determine which free DAW is right for
you. Let me know which DAW you use in the comments below and check out one of my
other videos on the right-hand side Until then, have an absolutely awesome
day!