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March 24, 2017

Best Music Production Software

Could you be the next Kanye West? Try out these tools to see if you can get top of the pops.

By Joe Clark

Music production has never been more accessible, all you need these days is an internet connection and a creative mind. There are numerous applications ranging from professional industry standards to some incredibly versatile freeware for anyone to pick up and get creative with.

The multitude of software available can either enhance the instruments in the studio or in your home. Or if you don’t have the space or money for instruments most music production software comes with the instruments built in allowing you to digitally create the sounds that are right for you.

If you fancy yourself as the next Yeezus, Flying Lotus, or QuestLove have a look at our list of the best music production software and before long you too can lock yourself in a room doing five beats a day for three summers.


ProTools – £250

Best Music Production Software

ProTools is very much the industry standard, to the point where it’s almost guaranteed that a good chunk of your favourite songs were produced using this software. This is the absolute gold standard of professional music production, and it shows.

Among the albums recorded using Avid’s software you’ll find Radiohead – Kid A, Bjork – Homogenic, and Beck – Odelay. Naturally, this is one for those experienced with music production, as you can see from the image it can get pretty complex, not to mention expensive.

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However, if you can afford ProTools and you have at least a base knowledge and understanding, there is absolutely no doubt about using ProTools to create your art. Using these tools you’ll be well on your way to becoming the next Rick Rubin.

Pro Tools is available from £250.


Soundtrap – $10 per month

Best Music Production Software

Soundtrap is a testament to how far music production software has come, specifically with how accessible it is to anyone who wants to try. This browser based studio comes with everything you need to make your first song, whether you want to record something prior and experiment in post, or create something directly in the platforms digital studio.

The free version comes with over 150 instruments to create your piece with, from drums, to synths, to pianos, and guitars, Soundtrap has it all. The simple interface might take some getting used to for absolute beginners but the intuitive design means that you’ll be recording and producing in no time.

However to get the most out of it, you’ll be expected to pay a monthly membership fee. If you want to experiment with the full trappings of instruments on offer and take a more varied path with the after effects then it will cost you. For anyone just looking at entry level production the free version has more than you’ll need.

Soundtrap is available for free as a Chrome extension or in your browser, there is also a premium membership for $10 a month.


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