Poll: What’s Your Favorite Music Production Software?

What’s Your Favorite Music Production Software

This weeks music production poll is on the topic of music production software. Vote for your favorite music making software and leave a comment on why it’s your favorite.

What is Your Favorite Music Software?

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  1. Presonus Studio One is super intuitive. I was a Logic/ Reason user but gotta copy of SO & amazed at how the interface is easy to understand as it speeds up my workflow whether recording, producing or mixing.

  2. I’m a Reason Fanatic Hands Down. Our Projects, which are mostly jazz based tend to get pretty complex and the last thing we need is to have to stop and think through the processes while creating the songs. Reason always keeps it flowing.

    My second choice is Sonar Platinum, mostly for post. It’s powerful and improving all the time. My one complaint about it (and I’ve been a user since Pro Audio 9) is that – for me – I’ve never been able to compose a song from Start to Finish without the program getting in the way – which takes me back to Reason, which is content to hide beneath the creativity, stepping in to lend a hand when needed and then getting back out of the way…

    I talk about these and other issues on my blog, “Encouragement for the EntreMusician” at
    https://jerebapproach.wordpress.com

  3. Yes indeed FL studios all the way for me. It’s user friendly and powerful when using the right sounds.

  4. I chose Reason because it was the easiest to learn at the time. I love the rack concept and the use of CV. I still use FL Studio (demo version) for scratches.

  5. my first program i started off with is fl studios and now use logic to be honest i feel its what you do with the programs it dosesn’t matter what you use if you play an instrument you will know how to get yourself around any program! i still use fl studio and logic like 9th said “its the man not the machine” and like any studio you can go anywhere cause of the name but at the end of the day its the effort the hard yards and time you put in determines the outcome!!!

  6. I use FL Studio and Reason. FL studio is limitless when it comes to the creative process. I hate the disgruntled folks that talk about FL…now of course, the stock sounds aren’t great, but I don’t use any. I use my own drums and I run my VSTs through FL. In the studio that I work at, we run pro tools and I’m familiar with that as well. But I think people that purchase programs to “fit in” are LAMES…make music for yourself, not for “my beats will sound dope because I use such and such.”

  7. I’m a FL/Cubase user, but i gotta admit, FL is not solely for beginners, its more of a beat making software. With Fl, you can make any professional beat. But for mixing and mastering, use cubase. Pro Tools is more of an industry software(Movie Editing and all that shit). It all depends on how good u are with the individual software though. I have a friend who mixes to perfection with Fl

  8. FL Studio. I’ve learned enough to be able to alter anything I create or sample to my will. Seriously… Buying a name does not make any better of a product than changing the packaging does. Secondary… I’ve come to really like Studio One. And referring to SugarKing… I am one of those FL niggas that’s shitting on your favourite Pro Tools producers. All day. Every single day. Without fail and holding down a full time job. It’s the man not the machine. Just like in the guitarist world (which I’m also a part of), It is no more the guitar than it is the player.

    -Peace

  9. YES I MYSELF STARTED OUT USING GARAGEBAND, THEN USING,LOGFIC & REASON, AFTER SOMEONE SHOWED ME HOW MUCH STUFF U CAN DO IN FL STUDIO THAT IS NOW MY MAIN DAW IT OVERALL HAS NO LIMIT OF WHAT YOU CAN DO IN IT THAN WHAT THE OTHERS HAVE I REALLY LIKE THE STATEMENT DARIUS THOMAS MADE PEOPLE ARE SO BIG ON NAMES IT REALLY IS ABOUT MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT U HAVE YOU REALLY HAVE TO MASTER WHAT EVER IT IS U ARE USING AND RESEARCHING AS WELL FINDING THE BEST SOUNDS OR INSTRUMENTS RATHER VIRTUAL OR LIVE THAT FIT’S YOUR NEEDS SO THAT YOU CAN GET THAT QUALITY SOUND THAT YOUR LOOKING FOR

  10. Just pick up a instrument and learn and
    all this other software talk won’t matter
    don’t get me wrong some software is a lot simpler then others but shit the beatles did there shit on 4-tracks and that shit
    still being talk about too this day by engineers.So it don’t matter what you use
    just know the science behind a compressor or a slapback delay you dig!!!!

  11. Listen people reaper is the best program hands down. This program can run any vst and any program as a vst. This is a must try software

  12. Reason 5/Record 1.5 for now, soon to be Reason 6.

    I don’t see the hate for FL. The company, Image Line, is made up of some very kool people. They sent me a free copy when I was doing sounds. They keep making it better and better.

    I agree with the comments above, It’s the man, not the machine. You start mastering a program and you can do wonders with it, no matter which program you end up on.

    Don’t follow the crowd, follow what works for you personally. If that’s working with hardware, cool, if it’s working with FL, great! The proof is in the output.

    Kenfen

  13. Man i didnt really get fruit loops. Reasons is my numba 2. But Maschine is my shit.

  14. Just like 9Th Wonder Says: “It’s the man, not the machine”.

    You can have 10 MPC with 1000 plugins and Protools all together, if you don’t master them, it’s worthless…

    You can be the next big hit with pratically any DAW in the market, including FL Studio. (which in my opinion is very professional).

    I’ve been using Reason for a while, but I still get some cool ideas from the fast pattern sequencer from FL :P

  15. I have an old school Ensoniq ASR-10 sequencing keyboard and a Roland VS-1680 Digital Workstation. Aside from a Mac computer, I need to know what other essentials do I need to get up and going I.E Pro Tools software, F.L,midi box…etc? Thanks (projectsbyreginald@yahoo.com)

  16. i am a producer…not that good anyway but i need samples…and people to guide me in producing real beat out for people…i use fruity loops

  17. I hate how people constantly shit on Fruityloops. That program costs almost the same as the other ones. They just released version 10 of it, and that’s saying a lot. There’s a lot of big name producers, 9th, Lex Luger and em’ who still haven’t switched on finding fame. Most of these fools slamming it never even used it in their life. Just ‘cos others say its shit and they just jump on the bandwagon. Perhaps your brain’s too slow to understand the program. How about that?? Like 9th said, “It’s the man, not the machine”

    P.s. I know FL niggas that’s shitting on your favourite Pro Tools producers

  18. I’m surprised Pro tools isn’t up there. isn’t it said that pro tools is the industry standard?

  19. Fruity Loops is too complex for me- I have no idea how to get what i want out of that program- so for simplicity’s sake I use Cubase.

  20. fl studio is a bomb ass program i use it all the time. but it really doesnt matter what program ur using couse its always about the sound ur going to come out with and if u know what u are doing..music.

  21. I doesn’t matter if you use an mpc or a bucket and some drum sticks. An artist is an artist. These clowns go back and forth about whats best. Mad because they dont have the same drive or desire or talent of the folks out there trying to make it rubbing two pennies together and perfecting the skills like pros. So here’s the skinny ,”shut up and make music or just shut up and let the real artist remain sucker free.”

  22. I myself prefer FL Studio over Reason and Cubase and such based purely on how good of a workflow I have in it. Its not to complex of a DAW to understand and If you try hard enough you can get an amazing sound out of it. Seems like it has a bad rep thou for sounding cheap and what not thou I don’t see it?

  23. Yeah i started out usin Fl, but I’ve been usin reason only for about two years now. Its funny, when i was usin it people would dog me out sayin I need to upgrade. Now look.

  24. FL Studio feels like a video game. ur right its for just starting out. but if you are trying to work with a software that feels like a real studio go with reason 5.

  25. Reason 5 and to chop up my samples, recycle. i dont like Fruity loops at all. reason feels more hands on along with my mpd 26 and casio for the midi controllers

  26. FL Studio gets the most votes as favorite music making software? The artist formerly known as “Fruity Loops”……really? Yeah granted it’s an “alright” program to start out with when you’re about 13 but for us grown ups…..surely we can do better!

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