Top 5 best FREE DAW software for music production 2019


everywhere on YouTube I see videos of
free daws that are not actually free. they have major limitations or there are
trial versions of paid daws. so I thought: let’s make a video with a top
five with the best free daws out there that are really free, without any
limitation. in this video a top five of the best free daw software for music
production, but before we can continue let’s define the rules of that top five.
my set of rules are: first of all paying may be optional but it’s not obligated
to use the daw software. number two: it has no limitation in the number of tracks.
number three: you can use third party plugins.
number four: you can use the daw software without a time limit. And number five: it
has to be actually usable as a daw. the table of contents by the way is in the
description below. to be honest I found only four free daws that I could
actually test, that fit within that set of rules. I was inclined to set on number
five Garage Band, but Garage Band although it’s usable, it has a limitation
of 32 tracks and 4 effect plugins per track, so I chose something I could not
test because it’s for Windows. I heard good stories about this door and on
place number 5: Cakewalk. Cakewalk was previously known as a Sonar something to
do with it take over. judging by the scarce information on the website is is
that it’s completely free without any limitation on tracks or whatever and I
saw it supports VST plugins on spot number 4: T7. T7 by traction is
available for Mac Windows and Linux. you are greeted with a nag screen but if you
click unlock and enter your user credentials you can continue. it’s worth
mentioning that the daw makes no distinction between audio and MIDI
tracks. there are no limitations in the number of tracks in T7 and yes you can
use third party plugins you can even add a video for scoring
film music. there are a couple of plugins in the software like a sampler and a
couple of effect plugins like a compressor. the software sometimes
doesn’t respond to mouse clicks and sometimes a right-click on a plug-in
opens a menu and sometimes a plug-in. and I had it crashing on me once by adding a
plug-in. I did a dedicated video on T7 check out the link in the description on spot number three in my top five best
free daw software for music production: LMMS. LMMS or Linux multimedia studio
is available for Linux Windows and Mac LMMS supposably took inspiration from FL
Studio and should be easy to understand when you are switching from that
platform. however I don’t know FL studio so I can’t say for sure and I was
struggling quite a bit to get started. I needed at least six or seven tutorials.
the samples and instrument plugins you can find on the left in LMMS, also the
presets for the instrument plugins you can find here. the effect plugins you can
add to the instrument effects chain in the plug-in window. the rest is a window
within a window, so the timeline is window called the song editor. there’s a
separate window for the mixer and there is a separate window for the piano roll
and there is a separate window for the step sequencer. the multiple window
interface doesn’t work well for me. I’m constantly dragging windows out of the
way and closing them and that’s especially time consuming on a small
13-inch laptop screen with a trackpad it’s possible to do side chaining but
it’s a bit cumbersome by sending it to an FX channel that you have to connect
to a controller and rename that controller if you want to find it later or am I
missing something here?? automation is also possible in LMMS, you
have to add an automation lane and an automation block on the timeline. open
the automation window and drag and drop a knob from your synthesizer or so to
the window. that dragging and dropping the knob I like otherwise I have to
search for a parameter in a long list I’ve noticed some user interface issues
with LMMS, like not updating the user interface while playing or the fight of
being the on-top-of-everything-window when the automation window is open. you
can’t open other software, it is immediately pushed to the background and
hints like use ctrl and drag and use the middle mouse button are meant for Linux
and Windows but do not apply to Mac users, that is
confusing to say the least. by the lack of knowledge of the My Documents folder
and the Music folder or not saving to the last folder you used or not being
able to scroll horizontally in the file browser you see the non-optimized
multi-platform nature of the software. or the fact that horizontal and vertical
scrolling applies to the whole workspace instead of only the song editor. that is
unnecessary time-consuming. MIDI keyboards are supported and supposed to
work in LMMS, although I couldn’t get mine to work. LMMS can export WAV and
Ogg lossless file formats, and it can export stems, so multiple tracks at once.
WAV, AIFF and FLAC for importing is supported but regretfully mp3 is not. the
software supports partial VST plugins support under windows and supports the
Linux Audio Developers Simple Plug-in API or LADSPA for short.
that results in a slew of really simple plugins in the software with limited
functionality. since using your own VST or a use won’t work, you have to rely on
what they provide for you. one thing I definitely have to point out is the lack
of recording features. you can get around that by using Audacity for example but
that makes LMMS not a one stop free DAW the professional music producer in the
end will miss some features like transient detection for example, but the
tool is okay besides the user interface issues you are watching the top 5 best free daw
software for music production. on place 2: Soundbridge. Soundbridge is
available for mac and windows the Soundbridge DAW is free if you …
donate as this nag screen carefully explains. file saving an opening are on
the bottom as are the transport controls the plugins you can find on the left and
you can drag and drop them on a track which plugins are applied to a track you
can find on the right also the sample browser is on the left and you can drag
and drop samples directly to your track the mixer is on the bottom but also it’s
possible to have a huge mixer in the middle. the Soundbridge daw is pretty
straightforward and i think you’ll pick up very quickly. the software is
responsive and you can change bit rates of sound card input, although it’s very
basic. to save CPU you can freeze a track but freezing a track is a bit cumbersome
in Soundbridge. you have to set the settings explicitly and select your
tracks from a long list every time you freeze it could be improved. but it’s
workable automation is also a bit cumbersome you have to draw an
automation lane on an existing automation lane. and change the values in
the lower editor. you can’t click the points directly on a timeline. audio
stretching and pitch shifting is very easy in the Edit window if soundbridge
doesn’t crash. and making fade in and out points of a sample is pretty handy. you
have an unlimited number of tracks and you can use your own plugins there are
also stock effect plugins in the daw, but I couldn’t find any instrument plugins. my
MIDI keyboard was automatically detected and I had it working in no time. if you
wondered if side chaining is possible yes it is. so nothing is standing in your
way to make your first hit with Soundbridge. all in all this daw is
pretty complete and has enough features to get you started
and even grow as a music producer definitely check this one out before I go on to number one best free
daw, consider subscribing if you already haven’t. I’ll learn you everything you
need to know about music production the first place best free DAW is reserved
for reaper.
well on their website they say it’s a 60 day trial but since the
software relies on the system clock to determine the date. yes you can easily
fake it and indeed it seems to work past the 60 day period. so it’s also usable in
2037 with a six thousand four hundred and three days trial. ok technically it’s
not free but when you click the nag screen away, you can use it without
limitations. let’s look at the looks. the tracks are in the middle, the mixer is on
the bottom of the screen, and the transport controls are in the middle
just above the mixer, the plugins are added in separate windows and the sample
browser (called the Media Explorer) is a bit hidden but it’s there there. There is a
piano roll and Reaper, but it’s in a separate screen with the weird scroll
mechanic. up and down scrolling zooms in and out, and scrolling over the on-screen
music keyboard actually scrolls the screen. in Reaper there is no distinction
between track types. so a MIDI track, an audio track, a video track and a bus
track, those are all the same thing I have to say I’m surprised by the amount
of features and flexibility that Reaper offers. although they are have gone a tad
overboard with all the icon-less menus and options. this is pretty intimidating
for a new user, but a lot of options are pretty self-explanatory when you know
the basics of a DAW. nevertheless I could pretty much click around in the
door and get stuff done without watching ten tutorials. my MIDI keyboard is
supported and freezing tracks works smoothly.the sound clip operations are
really easy: extending a clip beyond its limits makes a loop, that you can cut and
manipulate one part that doesn’t affect the other parts. automation works okay
but it’s not my favorite you have to select the automation lanes,
but with some plugins like Fabfilter there is so much you can automate, it
fills the entire screen. exporting can be done in a ton of formats WAV, AIFF, MP3
and Ogg Vorbis. Side chaining is possible, but it’s a bit complicated. you
have to send it via numbered channels instead of selecting a named channel
that you want to input from. I’m also surprised by the amount of plugin
standards they support. even ARA is supported, that allows real-time audio
file manipulation for for example pitch correcting software like Melodyne. the
categorization of plugins is a blessing if you have a ton of plugins. you can
search for plugins and even search in categories for plugins and you can
easily stack instrument plugins on top of each other without using an
instrument rack or whatever. although I’m pretty positive I do have a few minor
complaints. the left and right scrolling is inverted that is somewhat annoying
because every other application on the Mac it works the other way around. the
font size is really small and I couldn’t find out how to enlarge it. after a day
of producing or late in the evening this is gonna be an issue for me. also I don’t
like the multiple window approach. I would have liked to see a one-screen
layout. but other than that: Reaper is a solid DAW, that is feature-rich and
definitely competes with the big professional daws. even for 60 bucks you
can’t complain. and I can see why people are so enthusiastic about the software