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DAW Comparison Chart

The following is a comparison of 20 DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation).
Each DAW's name links to an individual article discussing the strengths,
weaknesses, history and common uses of each one.

Check Out Internet DAWs (or Web-Based DAWs) HERE

 
 
  Ableton Live
Version:8 Price: $399 Plug-in: VST/AU
On-the-fly production for the 21st century.
Y
Y
N Y Y Y N Y
 
 
  Adobe Audition
Version: 4 Price: $339 Plug-in: VST
Top quality built in audio tools including restoration.
Y
Y
N Y Y Y N Y
 
 
  Apple Logic Pro
Version: 9 Price: $199 Plug-in: AU
Very popular for music production and composition.
Y
N
N Y Y Y Y Y
 
 
  Ardour
Version: 3 Price: Donate Plug-in: AU
Open source DAW with a great look and features.
Y
N
Y Y N N N N
 
 
  Audacity
Version: 1 Price: Free Plug-in: VST
Perfect for use as a consumer tape recorder.
Y
Y
Y Y N N N N
 
 
  Avid Pro Tools
Ver:10 Price: $699 Plug-in: RTAS/AAX
Simple standardized interface and machine-like.
Y
Y
N Y Y Y Y Y
 
 
 
Ver:10 Pr: $10K Plug: AAX/TDM/RTAS
Industry standard DAW running on DSP cards.
Y
Y
N Y Y Y Y Y
 
 
  Cakewalk Sonar
Version:10 Price: $399 Plug-in: VST/DX
Excellent music production DAW with a long history.
N
Y
N Y Y Y Y Y
 
 
  Cockos Reaper
Ver: 4 Price: $60-225 Plug: VST/DX/JS
Superb quality DAW with no hype and great updates.
Y
Y
N Y Y Y N Y
 
 
  Image-Line FLStudio
Ver: 10 Price: $49-299 Plug-in: VST
Great starter DAW and very easy to use.
N
Y
N Y Y Y N Y
 
 
  Magix Samplitude
Ver: 11 Price: $499 Plug-in: VST/DX
Amazing sounding music and audio production DAW.
N
Y
N Y Y Y Y Y
 
 
  Magix Sequoia
Ver: 11 Price: $2,975 Plug-in:VST/DX
Samplitude with advanced features for big facilities.
N
Y
N Y Y Y Y Y
 
 
  Merging Tech Pyramix
Ver: 7 Price: $1-5K Plug-in: VST
Competitor to Pro Tools with DSP native systems.
N
Y
N Y Y N N N
 
 
  MOTU Digital Performer
Version:7 Price: $495 Plug-in: MAS/AU
Great music creation DAW used by composers.
Y
N
N Y Y Y Y Y
 
 
  Propellerhead Reason
Version:6 Price: $399 Plug-in: N/A
Popular instrument rewired to other DAWs.
Y
Y
N Y Y Y N Y
 
 
  Sony Acid Pro
Version: 7 Price: $299 Plug-in: VST/DX
The ultimate loop-based production program.
N
Y
N Y Y Y N Y
 
 
  Sony Sound Forge
Ver: 10 Price: $375 Plug-in: VST/DX
Audio DAW great for restoration to sound design.
N
Y
N Y Y Y N N
 
 
  Steinberg Cubase
Version:6 Price: $499 Plug-in: VST
Great all around music production. (VST Creator)
Y
Y
N Y Y Y Y Y
 
 
  Steinberg Nuendo
Version:5 Price: $1,800 Plug-in: VST
Advanced audio for post-production DAW.
Y
Y
N Y Y Y N Y
 
 
  Synapse Orion
Version: 9 Price: $249 Plug-in: VST/DX
Amazing set of stock virtual instruments and effects.
N
Y
N Y Y Y N Y
 
 
 
 
 
 
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