ableton, fl studio, Logic Pro a brief overview with their best features
Choosing the right Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) can be a daunting task for any new music producer no matter what style/genre being made, especially with the wide range of options available on the market.
Below, we will give a rough outline comparing the three most popular DAWs for electronic music production – Ableton, FL Studio, and Logic Pro X – with their best features to help you decide which one may be best suited for your needs. Let’s get into it!
Ableton is a popular DAW among electronic music producers due to its unique session view and flexible workflow. Ableton’s session view allows for non-linear arrangement, making it easier to experiment with loops, sounds, and arrangements.
Ableton’s interface is user-friendly, every feature is only a couple of clicks away and it features a wide range of tools, plugins, and effects that are great for live performance, remixing, and sound design. Some of Ableton’s best features include:
- Session view & Arrangement view (for live or production)
- Audio-to-MIDI conversion (Melody, Harmony & Drums)
- Audio slicing and warping (perfect for bootlegs or remixing)
- Complex warping
- Max for Live integration for custom plugins
- Ease to make everything part of a live set
- Powerful automation, modulation and randomisation capabilities
FL STUDIO (WINDOWS/MAC)
FL Studio is a DAW that has been popular among hip-hop and trap music producers due to its versatile piano roll, step sequencer, and intuitive workflow (and in my humble option, visually, it looks the best).
FL Studio’s interface is also user-friendly, with a drag-and-drop functionality that makes it easy to work with audio and MIDI clips. Some of FL Studio’s notable features include:
- Versatile piano roll and step sequencer
- Plugin picker for easy access to plugins
- Iconic vintage mixing board layout
- Multi-touch support
- Generous free trial
- De-noise tool
- Linear phase frequency splitter
- The biggest and best feature Lifetime free updates!
LOGIC PRO X (Mac)
Logic Pro is a popular DAW among macOS users and is known for its professional-grade mixing and mastering capabilities.
Logic Pro’s interface is sleek and user-friendly, with a range of tools and plugins for recording, music production and sound design. Logic Pro’s notable features include:
- Professional-grade mixing and mastering capabilities
- Smart tempo and Flex Time (built in autotune abilities)
- Drummer Tool
- Advanced MIDI editing
- Huge library of built-in virtual instruments, effects and samples
- Logic Remote app for iPad control
- Score editor
So which one is right for you? Well the good news is, there is no ‘wrong’ answer, choosing the right DAW ultimately depends on your personal preferences, budget, and production needs. These are 3 absolutely amazing DAWs. Ableton, FL Studio, and Logic Pro all have unique features and capabilities that make them stand out from one another. And once you learn the ins and outs of any of these DAWs the skills can be applied to any other, you just need to learn a new layout.
So if you’re getting in to making ‘edm’ styled music or looking to play your tracks live perhaps pick up Ableton first. If you’re into edm/hip hop, maybe it’s a good idea to get into FL Studio first to utilise its incredible sequencer. Or if you’re looking to get into recording, mixing, film score or a wide variety of other styles (and you have Mac OS) look into getting Logic Pro first…
Be sure to try out each DAW before making your final decision to see which one works best for you. Logic comes with a 90 day free trial, Ableton also comes with a 90 day free trial and FL Studio has an unlimited free trial but you cannot reopen your saved your work until you purchase a license…