If you’re like me, you want all the good things for free, or just super cheap.

And as cool as ProTools and Logic Pro are, my bank account is already breaking a sweat trying to keep things together.

With that in mind, here are my favorite free/cheap audio recording programs for making music.

Reaper

Reaper

This is the one that holds my audio engineering heart (however small).

It’s easy to use and has built-in presets and effects for mixing. It’s similar to ProTools, but fit for paupers like me. The cross-fade is brilliant, and it makes precise editing simple.

Plus, it works with my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface.

The cost is based on the honor system; it’s a free download and the price tag depends on whether you’ll use it for personal or commercial purposes. I got the personal use license for $60.

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GarageBand

I used GB for my early music, namely Iron Sharpens Iron and Thank God They’re Wrong. It’s perfect for beginners because of its simplicity, Apple’s forte.

If you’re a Mac Head, it’s your best option; it comes pre-loaded on every Apple computer and has plenty of pre-recorded instruments that are easily customizable.

One downside is that crossfade didn’t exist when I used it, and it still seems to be user-unfriendly, from what I’ve read online.

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DAWs To Keep An Eye On

Soundtrap is an online recording program I just came across. I haven’t had much time to play with it, but it seems promising.

A con: it seems to allow one-track recording, but not two tracks at a time, which is a major downside if so.

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Soundation is another online recording program that I’ve tried using. It, too, doesn’t seem to allow multi-track recording, so this one may be good if you’re looking to keep it simple.

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And that’s my list. Give ’em a try and let me know what you think in the comments…

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