DAW of Choice - let's settle this!

Let’s settle this once and for all…
What is the community’s DAW of choice?
Only supported host applications are listed

  • Pro Tools
  • Logic Pro X
  • Cubase / Nuendo
  • Ableton Live
  • Studio One
  • Digital Performer
  • WaveLab
  • Garage Band
  • Audition
  • FL Studio
  • Reaper
  • Reason
  • Cakewalk by BandLab
  • Samplitude
  • Sequoia
  • Pyramix
  • Maschine / Komplete Kontrol
  • Main Stage

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Hi. I use several DAW’s nowadays after getting burned when Gibson pulled the plug on Cakewalk after using it for 20 years. I got Studio One 4 Pro and MixBus 5 in addition to Cakewalk by BandLab.
I’m leaning slightly towards Studio One these days, due to HW integration/ MIDI learn being easier.
But coming from 20 years of Cakewalk, it’s hard to let go :wink:
All the best.

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But Cakewalk has reincarnated, no? And it is free now!

It has indeed, and I’ve had the latest version of SONAR (now Cakewalk by BandLAb) installed at all times.
I now want to have (at least) 2 DAW’s to choose from, just in case :sunglasses:
All the best.

I started with a very little known DAW called Musicator. Then I started using Acid 2.0. From there, I moved to Adobe Audition. I used that for quite a few years. I used to think that there was no other DAW that could do things Audition could not. That was so far from reality it’s crazy. Audition has virtually no real MIDI support at all. And zero VSTi support.

But I recorded albums 3-5 with it and they all turned out pretty good. The first one I did with it, Synthpops, actually did really well on sales for me.

But then I discovered Sonar X3 and discovered DAWs could be so much more. I stuck with Cakewalk until “The End.” When I heard about Gibson shutting it down, I switched to Studio One and loved it even more. The workflow was so much more logical, though it was (and still is) missing a few key elements that Cakewalk had. Then Bandlab resurrected Cakewalk. I still use both CW and Studio One today. SO4 has such a clean look and great workflow, but CW has great MIDI implementation. If they could somehow merge together, it would be amazing.


What is WaveLab doing in the list? :crazy_face:

Technically, it is a kind of DAW, but it’s not multitrack as others. Or, otherwise, it would be fair to add a ton of other audio editors.

don’t vote for it then… :man_shrugging:

  • there is not a ‘ton’ of other supported editors

Ah! I’m sorry, I forgot that this is actually a list of the supported DAWs! :blush: Makes sense.

In my pro studio I have so far avoided the so-called upgrade to 64 bit. I wanted to retain my HD 192 cards and my Control 24. Neyrinck have made the Control 24 functional now in 64bit systems so that has been an enormous plus. Thank you Paul Neyrinck!!!

The HD cards are still extremely useful as back up grunt for simple processors such as EQ and Compression if I run out of grunt. Now, having said THAT, my DLS is also a life saver. So I currently have TDM plugs, my DSP Sound Grid plugs running, my native plugs, all on a 32 bit system that suffers not one iota in sound from 64 bit.

No point losing valuable capacity if you don’t have to. I also beta for Waves audio and have a second system that I use for testing new gen plugs so I’ve covered both my eventualities. It used to be much easier to test on my pro system but compromises had to be made.

I‘m using Cubase for several years now. Music is just a hobby for me and so my time is limited and it‘s hard to get to and keep a satisfying level of knowledge and routine using production tools and playing Instruments at all.
Therefore l‘m not trying to test and use more than one DAW.
Before using Cubase I had Logic on PC. When Logic was taken over by Apple I had to decide to change my DAW or my hardware. I had to spend pretty much to get back to the level in Cubase that I had before with Logic. And there was no easy way to transform my existing projects to Cubase. Hope this happens never again to me


I have used Pro Tool since 2005 and it has always been great. Of cause time to time the new releases has been a bit buggy, but I have returned back to the previous or the a version that has worked for me. Now it is a subscription like thing - you have to pay about 200 euros ($200 us) - to keep getting new releases. But personally it is worth it. If I was on Mac I would try Logic. Some of my friends have moves to Studio One, but I have been so long with PT that I feel at home using it. Giving up with it, it is like giving away my Waves plugins. I can not imaging that day. All my slots/tracks are filled with Waves: at least Rcomp, Req, C6 and for fx Doubler, Rverb, AR Chambers and Plates. And my favorite the H-Series, AR Collection.

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LOL same thing happened to me. I been faithfully using Cakewalk since Sonar 2 for recording purposes. Actually, I had just purchased Sonar 2017 as my Christmas present to myself and not two months later it was free. Only thing about my situation is I didn’t get the chance to venture into other DAWs, Other then Reason & MPC Software which is what I mainly use to produce my tracks. I switched over to Cakewalk by BandLab and learned they are actually updating the software. So I’m grateful that Bandlab decided to purchase Cakewalk because I don’t think I have the patience to learn a new DAW.


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