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TECH AWARDS: BEST DAW

Some of the best studio software for making those killer tunes, which one will win outright?

DJ Mag Tech Awards
DJ Mag Tech Awards

 

Steinberg Cubase Pro 8

£369
Hype
A fantastic set of new features, improvements to the workflow and interface that make Cubase even easier to use plus the option to work with other musicians via the web with live two way audio and video.
Gripe
Steinberg have stuck to their dongle based copy protection which will annoy some users
Summary
Cubase is the king when it comes best cross platform DAWs thanks to feature set that consistently keeps it well ahead of the competition
8/10

 

Native instruments Maschine 2

£399
Hype
Coloured LED buttons plus a full version of Massive and a fancy new white colour scheme option make Maschine V2 a very tempting proposition indeed.
Gripe
At this price there is no finding fault with this rather excellent beat machine.
Summary
A groove box that has become a huge hit with beat makers across a plethora of genres thanks to Maschine's amazing sounds, slick workflow and gorgeous hardware interface.
8/10

 

Ableton Live

£289
Hype
Great value for money, improved session and arrangement views plus a huge library of sounds.
Gripe
The audio to MIDI feature could use some work.
Summary
Ableton is the perfect way for newcomers to get deep into the art of production without the headache of learning the big boys toys as is also fantastic for putting down grooves and beats in a flash.
8.5/10

 

Logic Pro

£149.99
Hype
An improved user interface that makes Logic even more user friendly, track stacks and Logic Remote for iPad users all at a very reasonable price.
Gripe
Looking like a pimped up Garage Band isn’t the way to go.
Summary
Logic is still considered one of the go to DAWs for dance music production.
8/10

 

Bitwig Studio

£199
Hype
Ableton style clip launch and arrange work flow, fantastically customisable user interface and a great selection of instrument, FX and clips.
Gripe
Given the fact Bitwig is brand new and still only at version 1.2 there are surprisingly few niggles.
Summary
Bitwig's huge hype before release has proven to be justified and has been a huge hit among producers old and new alike.
8/10

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