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Ace Your Audio Production with These Awesome Apps

From no money to pro money, we've got what you need.

Apps in this Guide

If you've ever dreamed of a career in music, then you've probably toyed with home recording and music production software. The problem is, there are dozens of apps to choose from, and the best onesmore

If you've ever dreamed of a career in music, then you've probably toyed with home recording and music production software. The problem is, there are dozens of apps to choose from, and the best ones aren't cheap. Here are your three best options, sorted by price.

Frequently Asked Questions

I've heard that audio production software can be difficult to learn. Where do I get help?
If it's popular, you can probably find videos of it on YouTube. The publisher's website also frequently has some basic tutorials to set you on the right path.
Why does this kind of software get so expensive?
Publishers can afford to make this type of product expensive because they know that their core audience is professional content creators who will quickly cover the cost of their software. For creators, physical production equipment is the truly steep expense. For the rest of us, audio production software usually comes with a 30-day trial, so that you can try before you buy.

Recommended Windows audio production and recording software

FL Studio

FL Studio

If you're prepared to spend another Benjamin, FL Studio (previously known as Fruity Loops) is one of the most popular DAWs in the world, and it has a reputation for beginner-friendliness. With its popularity comes a large community of people who can help if you get stuck. But the answer to any given question you may have about FL Studio is probably just a Google search away.

Best free option: Audacity

Best free option: Audacity

Since Audacity came out, way back in 2000, it's built a reputation as the best free audio production app around. It relies on donations for funding, instead of ads or selling user data. It also works on Windows, Mac, and even Linux, so you don't have to worry about compatibility if you need to move your work to another computer.

PreSonus Studio One

PreSonus Studio One

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It's not the cheapest digital audio workstation (DAW) in the category, but PreSonus Studio is a great value; at $99, it brings a combination of features and usability that ordinarily costs much more. Since it's a DAW, you get the tools to actually create music on your computer, a set of effects tools (like adding reverb or correcting off-key notes), and editing tools to blend your separate recordings into a single track.