Music Software 101

How to Make Beats: Music Production Software 101

This article covers the basics of picking music production software. Find out the top 3 music software programs out.

Music Production Software Overview

There are tons of music production software programs out there, but which will work best for you? Watch this video for a brief overview of music software.


Top 3 Voted Music Software Programs

I did a poll on favorite music software that received over 1,200 votes. Here are the top 3 music production programs

#1. FL Studio

FL Studio (formerly known as FruityLoops ) is a digital audio workstation developed Image-Line. FL Studio features a graphical user interface based on a pattern-based music sequencer.

fl studio music software

Why it’s popular:

  • It’s easy to learn.
  • Lower cost than many other programs.
  • Supports VST plugins, samples, and other software programs.
  • Making patterns and arrangements is easy.
  • Offers tons of built-in instrument plugins.

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#2. Propellerhead Reason

Propellerhead Reason is a digital audio workstation for creating and editing music and audio developed by Propellerhead Software. It emulates a rack of hardware synthesizers, samplers, signal processors, sequencers, and mixers.

How to Make Beats: Music Production Software 101

Why it’s popular:

  • Includes tons of instruments: Synthesizers, Samplers, Drum Machines, Effects.
  • Cool interface, racks, and mixer.
  • ReWire allows you to use Reason in other popular music software programs.
  • Add additional sounds called Refills.

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#3. Apple Logic

Logic Pro is a digital audio workstation and Musical Instrument Digital Interface MIDI sequencer software application for the Mac OS X platform.

apple logic

Why it’s popular:

  • Nice-looking interface.
  • The virtual instruments and session drummer work well and sound incredible.
  • Mixing, effects, and automation
  • Enhanced Piano Roll Editor.

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You should research the programs mentioned above and see what works best for your needs.

In the favorite music software poll, 40% picked FL Studio. So you may want to look into that program if you are a beginner.

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Leave a comment on your favorite music software and why you picked it.

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