Free DAW Software
If you don’t have much money, and you’re looking for a way to record some of your music, look at this collection of free DAW software.
Pro Tools First: is a free version of the popular recording application. It was announced with the release of Pro tools 12. Pro Tools Free gives you 16 audio tracks and 16 midi tracks. it provides you with over 20 bread and butter effects. Your projects are saved to Pro Tools cloud application. The free version will not allow you to save projects on your computer. You are limited to storing a total of 3 projects at one time. This software is really good and it works with PC and Mac computers
Studio One Free: is intended for beginners who don’t yet need advanced features. Studio One Free provides all of the recording and editing features needed for basic music production. There is also a version of this program that you pay for. It has more features. The free version will not allow you to use VST plugins.
Studio Prime will be released soon it is the newest free version of Studio 1. I will update the link as soon as the new version is available for download.
Garage Band: is Logic Express Lite. It is included for free on a lot of apple products. It does have some limitations. Here are some of the limitations and things it won’t do, Automatic cross fades on overlapping audio regions, Group tracks. Aux bus sends, Super-hi-res audio quality, Real-time automation recording, MIDI sequencing of external hardware synths. The types of DAW’s I like are more sophisticated beefed-up platforms which have more production capabilities. That being said this is a great program for free. It is included on Macs. Garage Band uses the AU and VST plug-in format, which is a big plus. This may be all you need for what you want to do. It’s big brother (Logic Pro) is an excellent way to go if you want to upgrade.
Riff Works T4: is a scaled down version of Riff Works. This free edition of Riff Works T4 includes looped recording, automatic track creation, Instant Drummer, effects, song posting, “Quick Start” tutorial. Riff Works is available for the PC and the Mac.
Audacity: is a free easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder. Programs like Audacity are also called open source software, because their source code is available for anyone to study or use. Audacity is available for PC, Mac, and Linux systems.
Audio Editing Software
Audio Editing software allows you to record a minimum 1 track of audio. It also allows you to edit any audio file. You can do a number of things such as normalize and fix audio and change audio formats. A good audio editing app is a handy tool to have in our toolbox. Here are the top four free versions.
Acoustica: is a comprehensive audio editor for recording, editing, mixing and mastering. The intuitive user interface was designed with speed, accuracy and ease-of-use in mind and offers a large set of high quality processing tools to make your recordings sound the best.
Ocenaudio: is a cross-platform, easy to use, fast and functional audio editor. It is the ideal software for people who need to edit and analyze audio files without complications. ocenaudio also has powerful features that will please more advanced users.
Music Editor Free: is designed to be very easy and intuitive to use for audio editing. Within minutes you will be able to open or record music and edit it. But if you take time to explore the other features you will find many powerful tools for editing audio designed with the professional sound engineer in mind.
Wavosaur: is a cool free sound editor, audio editor, and wav editor. This is software for editing wav and mp3 files. It is also able to process and recording sounds. Wavosaur has all the standard features to edit audio. (cut, copy, paste, etc.) it can produce music loops, analyze, record, and batch convert. Wavosaur supports VST plugins, ASIO drivers, multichannel wav files, and real-time effect processing.