Best FREE Recording Software ( Recording Music For Beginners)

Best FREE Recording Software ( Recording Music For Beginners)

September 2, 2019 7 By Kailee Schamberger


hey everyone today I have some consumer advice for those of you getting into recording here are some free DAWs or free digital audio workstations that you can download right now and start recording so here we go alright so my first piece of software that I would recommend is GarageBand GarageBand is free if you’re a Mac user if you have an iPhone if you have an iPad if it’s on your laptop it’s pretty easy to fire up and get into it right away the learning curve is very very little it’s a loop based sequencer so you can start dropping in loops and start making stuff right at the top it has smart feature our smart instruments so you could sit there and instead of programming a drum machine you can go on a pad and say I want like loud and and busy and it’ll generate a drum groove and there’s different like drummers and go through which is a lot of fun they do those keyboards and they have a kind of kind of loops and effects that you can mess around with right which is really really nice some of the downfalls with with GarageBand is you don’t have a lot of editing features so you know if you want to be like flying fit like crossfades and stuff like that it’s yeah you’re limited to 8-track recording again I don’t know if this is a con because if you’re not doing drums who cares so 24-bit you don’t get that you only get 16-bit yeah and you don’t have two effects per track so if you do big if you like to do big mixing with a ton of effects GarageBand is probably not going to do it but if you’re just starting out it’s a fun way to kind of start making music and doing that I’ve used GarageBand quite a bit actually when I’m demoing so if I have an idea in my head and I just want to come up with a some kind of harmony progression and it’s groove I’ll fire GarageBand make something important Pro Tools and I’ll keep on going so that’s the first D aw I recommend the second one I recommend is Pro Tools first so back a couple years ago Pro Tools introduced Pro Tools 12 and with that launched introduce Pro Tools first so it has its limitations but it’s a great piece of software for the person that knows they want to learn more about Pro Tools they want to get more professional in their recording this unless you get your hands dirty with Pro Tools so like all the editing functions that you would have in Pro Tools are there you can do like all the smart tool stuff all the fine cross-fading grid you don’t get things like beat detective you can only record up to 16 tracks I think 16 tracks I’d be like 8 stereo 16 mono and that’s including and then MIDI tracks as well on top of that so if you have big mixes again you’re going to be limited there’s no video support so if you’re learning Pro Tools for video and you want to practice you’re not going to use Pro Tools first and also one of the things that I didn’t like about Pro Tools first was you only get three three three projects so if you’re working on three songs and you need to do a fourth song you’ve got to get rid of one of your songs you can work on track offline but they got a sync with your with your session eventually so those are some cons of Pro Tools first but still great piece of software it’s a lot of fun it’s I recommend it if it’s if Pro Tools is the direction that you’re going in pick up this one and start messing around it because it’s only going to give you more experience using Pro Tools the third piece of software that I recommend is Reaper so Reaper right off the bat okay it’s not really free it’s $60 but here’s the thing with Reaper it gives you a free trial and it’s 60 days and then after those 60 days if you it will pop up a message saying do you want to buy Reaper and you can just say no and just to keep using Reaper for free I would recommend that you would buy Reaper if it’s something you like pay for it for the free version you get unlimited you get a limitless track count so you know if you want to use 30 40 tracks you get to use 30 40 tracks it’s PC and Mac compatible he has like VCA editing you there’s a ton of plugins it uses VST plugins which is a file it’s a format for plugins and it’s freeware so there’s tons of them out there and there’s tons of free VST plugins out there so you can really build up a really sweet Bank of plugins right off the gecko for your studio it has a lot of great routing features I worked with an engineer that how he did film just using Reaper he swore by Reaper and he was able to do some really great routing and some really really neat things with it some of the downfalls with Reaper there’s not that many it’s not the nicest looking piece of software to look at and there’s quite a bit of learning curve a learning curve off the top so if you’re just getting into it you might find a little frustrating at first because you know it’s pretty comparable to like Pro Tools and logic those are my recommendations for free digital audio workstations I hope you liked my video please like and subscribe and share with your friends check me out on Twitter and Instagram and I have a website I’ll leave all the links down below and leave comments if I’m missing any digital audio workstations that you would say oh this one’s way better you should talk about this one let me know because there’s a lot I haven’t tried out yet but I want to try out so yeah let’s get the discussion going on some of Dodds and them I will see you guys soon Cheers