Professional DAWs can come at a big investment in not only money but time to learn and master as well. Whether you're looking for another DAW to tackle or even if you're brand new to audio production, these free DAWs are definitely worth looking into.
All on the list are free. We have even more free DAWs coming up, right after this list. The ideal use of each DAW that we've listed is simply a suggestion based on what they really excel at. There's a few DAWs on this list that I'd like to point out before we move on.
Ohm Studio has an amazing feature that's really rare for a DAW to have. With Ohm Studio, you can collaborate in real-time with anyone, anywhere, and what I mean by this is that you can work on the same project at the exact same time with more than one person from anywhere in the world. You can chat in the DAW and see what they're doing as well.
And if you just can't sit still when producing your music or like to work on the go, Soundtrap
works on any device; your phone, tablet, laptop, or computer. You name it.
When it comes to Tracktion though, it's a bit complex as to how to upgrade to the paid version. Now there's nothing wrong with the DAW itself, but be cautious if you're trying to upgrade. The paid version of Tracktion comes free with the purchase of certain products from Behringer and Mackie.
Now, these two have been brought out into their own section and for a good reason.
Audacity and Bosca Ceoil are tools you should definitely check out, especially useful for those niche projects, even if you have a dedicated DAW already.
Let's start off with audacity.
This DAW is a go-to for anyone involved with podcasts or voice acting. It comes with plenty of effects built-in. A lot of them are useful for many projects from getting your levels right to making your voice sound like a robot, monster, or like you're talking through a radio, and much more.
This is a great choice for this niche, as it handles audio editing in a very precise way. You won't get distracted by all the tools and abilities a regular DAW would have, so you can focus on the task at hand. Being open-source, this has a lot of potential for updates in the future.
Now Bosca Ceoil is a bit different.
This DAW is basically for making chiptune or low bit old styles of music
and it's got some pack to its punch. It all comes as-is so you won't be able to use any third-party plugins or effects directly in the DAW, but it's not like you'll need any. With its simplicity, this is a great tool for audio producers of any skill level and even game developers who just want to do their own music. To start using it you can either download the software or even spin it up on your browser.
Now let's go over some DAWs that really deserve a shoutout.
The three DAWs, here has some pretty compelling features, each worth talking about in more detail.
If you're literate with sheet music or want to learn more about it and have access to a Linux computer.
Rosegarden is definitely worth experimenting with. It comes with a notation editor so you can actually write a song using sheet music or simply use the piano roll which is the MIDI editor.
Now if chiptune or bit-music is your thing and you want to also use your own plugins or simply want to be inside of a more standard environment, LMMS has got you covered.
It comes with quite a few plugins that emulate those nostalgic video game sounds. Better yet it's compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Lumit, It's now known as SoundBridge but you can still find it under Lumit.
Its new interface alone will make you want to try it, but its capability and workflow will make you want to stay.
these are probably the best choices, depending on your operating system or platform.
Although this is just in our opinion, it all comes down to what works for you.
For Windows, SoundBridge has the upper hand. It is a full version DAW that packed with lots of features you need. You can quickly load in your own plugins, find your way around the DAW, and learn from an abundance of resources on their blog. SoundBridge's layout is really user-friendly so you'll be able to master it in no time.
The best for Mac goes to GarageBand.
Not to mention, there is also a GarageBand app for iOS, so you can make your music wherever you are. for its simple interface and workflow and an arsenal of sounds, you can make music from starting as beginners. There are lots of resources to learn from, all interactive, and all things have embedded with this DAW.
For the Linux user, Qtractor takes the lead. It comes with lots of features and it is also a free and open source.
It was specifically made for Linux but having it optimized for it comes at a small cost; there may not be as big of a community as DAWs made for more popular operating systems.
If you want to make music online, Audiotool is the perfect DAW. With everything being cloud-based you can collaborate and access your projects much easier. So you can go from your computer to your phone, then to your friend's computer. Now after you've made your music, you can actually publish it through Audiotool's built-in publishing platform.
That's it for the list everyone.
Let us know in the comments below what your favorite DAW is.
Oh, and if we didn't mention it, tell us about it too.