There is a lot of Music Production Software out there, but they are not all suited for beginners. Some are industry standard and aimed at professionals however you can still get professional sounding music from DAW’s that are more suited for beginners.
Some of the best Music Production Software packages or DAWs that come to mind are Propellorheads Reason, FL Studio, also know as Fruity Loops and Garage Band.
Why I choose these is because not only are they easy to use for amateurs, you can also make professionally sounding tracks too.
1. Propellorheads Reason
What I love about reason is that the devices are physically laid out as if they would be in a real studio. A bit like building blocks connected with wires. The interface shows the hardware devices on your screen but on pressing the TAB key, it flips them round so you can physically see how they are connected. They are connected by default however you are free to change the connection.
This is good for learning too as it helps you to visualize the signaling paths between the device, e.g. a Synth wired into a EQ Device and then routed back out to the Amp. Or you take the left and right cables and separately wired them into other effects generators and then run them both back into the same Amp. However a beginner wouldn’t need to even get into all of that to make decent tracks.
This music production software has a very efficient and simply to use drum programmer where drums beats can be laid down in seconds by simply turning switches on and off. The pre-installed modules include Sythns, Pianos, drums and other natural sounding instruments. Also the instruments are not just stretched samples. They are mainly sample taken at each octave and processed in a way so they sound natural played in any key.
Reason doesn’t read VST files however it has it’s own quality format called Re-Fills. Some are free and some you need to pay for however if you dig around you will be able to find some very professional sounding Re-fills are free.
Check out the video below to see why this is one of the best music production software packages for beginners.
2. FL Studio
This is just excellent for putting out beats fast. Unlike Reason, you can’t view any connection however the FX’s can easily be put in by simply selecting and FX channel and then choosing an FX for each chosen channel. FL Studio has a very attractive interface and it is pretty easy for beginners to lay down track which out even learning the ropes are even reading the manual.
There are many built in sounds and effects however FL Studio fully support VST’s so you can expand your selection. There are also many free VST’s available.
FL Studio comes with a lot of packs such as the Hip Hop Drums, Bass and Synth. More than enough to get you started. The Piano patch doesn’t sound as good as the one that comes with Reason however there are many decent Piano VST’s that do the job.
Many of us know about GarageBand, especially users of Mac. It comes free with some Macs but not with others. In any case it can be purchased for around $15 online.
The low price and ease of use is what makes GarageBand one of the best Music Production Sequencers for beginners. Garage Band is something you can play around with and get results without even having to read through any manuals or instructions. Some of the other DAW’s need some back ground reading first before you get really into depth.
Some of the feature of Garage Band.
- Built in Piano and Guitar lessons
- Realistic Amps and effects for Guitars
- Your own session drummer for your tracks
- Record, Mix and Master your own track with EQ and Compression functions
- Vast array of synths and instrument to choose from
Garageband has developed over the years into a fully fledged, professional sounding DAW.
Reaper is not as pretty visually as the above DAWs however that doesn’t stop it from being one of the most popular music production software. You can record and processes both MIDI and Audio in any possible way. Also what is good about Reaper is the fact that it is so light on your computer. It works with almost any hardware and you don’t even need to spend hundreds of dollars on a high end Audio interface. You can simply use the audio which is built into most PC motherboards these days.
The best thing about reaper is that it is so easy to use. You can literally make beats in minutes.
Also don’t forget about Audacity which is a Free Digital Audio Workstation for all your needs. Audacity is a free open source software which runs on all the major platforms.
This Digital Audio Workstation or DAW is loaded with effects and can actually record live or streaming Audio.
Although Audacity is not a beat maker, it is a fully fledged Audio editting suite. The perfect companion for the music production software collection.