So if you’re someone like me who wants to get started in producing your own music and demos, then here is my personal list of free easy music softwares or Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) that I’ve used so far.
I know what you’re thinking, Audacity is like the most simplest of all of DAWs and you’re right, it is but it doesn’t mean it’s useless. This is the first DAW that got me started. All I needed was a mic and an instrument to record with.
If you’ve never used any audio editing software then this will definitely help get you started in music production. Just record whatever sound you want and if you can sing, try out recording vocal layers and harmonise with yourself. Play around with the tools and edits.
GarageBand is my second DAW that I’ve played around with for a few years now. Chances are the software or app is already pre-installed on your mac devices if you own one but if it isn’t then don’t worry, it’s free.
Unlike Audacity, GarageBand has instruments on it that you can play around with. It’s definitely great for beginners and there are a lot of features on it, if you dig a little deeper, that can actually get your music to sound professional.
It comes with a virtual keyboard in case you don’t have a MIDI to connect it with so you just need to press the keys on your laptop keyboard to produce the music.
You don’t need to download this one cause you can use BandLab free online, saving some space on your laptop. This is the DAW that I’ve been using for a few months now and I’ve produced about 4 demos on it so far.
The interface is very simple, lots of cool features and effects that you can try and you can even collaborate with other users online. Just make sure your project is public and wait for other producers that wants to work with you on it.
There is a mobile app version so you can basically work on your music on the go if you don’t wanna bring your laptop with you.
If you’re a more of a beats kinda person, then here’s a fun DAW that I’ve personally tried that is pretty fun. I haven’t used this one as much as the other 3 on this list but it so far in my opinion, I think it’s good.
Like all the DAWs on this list, the interface isn’t scary so don’t worry. It’s pretty minimalistic in terms of the interface display but you can still do some cool stuff on it.
There’s also a mobile app version of Zenbeats.
Do keep in mind that since these workstations are free, you won’t get much out of them but they can definitely get you started in making your music dreams come true. So what are you waiting for? Get composing!