MusicRadar Article: 5 underrated DAWs that aren't Logic, Ableton or Pro Tools, and why you should consider switching

There’s a few spelling and minor factual errors but, otherwise, it’s OK and might be helpful to anyone looking for a DAW.




Good day Mr Keith, not sure about making acoustic music and electric guitar, I see that FL Studio rise in popularity for electronics music.

Whereas personally I am using Cubase because it is Windows friendly, and it has been used by so many famous composer and artist, professionally. So it feels good to have a great tool in hand :grin:

Other than specific niche applications, like Live Looping (where Ableton is king) it should not matter what style of music you make. Any DAW will record equally as well.

Brand name, popularity and which famous artists have used it in the past doesn’t really matter, unless you are looking to collaborate with others and share files, and even then it often isn’t that important.

The main difference between DAWs is capabilities, workflow, and ease of learning and use.




Nice share Keith.

Good to see Reaper getting some reasonable press. Been using it since around 2015 after starting with Audacity back in the day. I think one of the reasons some of these DAWs are overlooked, is that they rarely feature as that add bonus gift when buying certain amps.
So you get a new shiny amp with a freebee base level Logic, Ableton etc, then end paying an arm and leg for “additional” yet fundamental features.

Stepping up from Audacity to Reaper was a bit overwhelming to start with but after reaching out to all the “experts” from the old Forum I was up running and comfortable in a few weeks and never looked back. Great value for money IMHO.



I’m going to take a look at Kroger gadget to see if it’s any different from GarageBand, it’s always worth a look isn’t it!

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And that is why these guys allow it to be boxed for free I guess Toby, a bit of a loss leader.

It is good to see Reaper getting some press and I liked the, “if you know, you know” bit as well.

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I made the switch to Reaper as well and I’m quite happy with it. I’d started with Audacity back when I was just doing voice stuff, then found it didn’t allow instrument plug-ins. I tried Ardour, but I didn’t find it intuitive at all. I switched to Reaper and haven’t looked back. After giving it a good free trial, I paid for a license. About 75% of the time I use it as my amp rather than plugging into the amp on my floor.

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