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.
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.
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.
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.
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.