Music is, quite literally, your jam. From listening to it and sharing it to playing it and attending live shows, you’re not even sure what you’d do without it.
So it makes sense you want the best of the best when it comes to music software. Whether you just want premium sites for sharing or to become the next mixmaster in your area is up to you, but we can help on the recommendations. Read on for the most awesome music software of 2019.
Get Down With DAW
DAW isn’t the software, per se, but it usually refers to the device used mix, record, and/or master audio. They are usually keyboards or stand-alone boards, but also include DAWs software that allows you to cut, add, and create your own jam. Most of those in the music know will tell you that a complete DAW workstation will be quite expensive so, if you’re just getting started, you might consider trying free DAW software such as MuLab, Ardour, or Audacity.
Create an Audio Visualizer
If you fancy yourself a popular DJ or simply someone who likes to spin tunes for his super friends, you should know that there is audio visualizer software where you can create your own visuals to accompany your music. The trippy geometric patterns you create “dance” in time with the music you play. If you loved your creation so much, you can download it and share it to sites like Vimeo and YouTube.
Get in the Groove With Apple GarageBand
Is there a better name for music software? It’s reminiscent of all the high schoolers we’ve all know dreaming of becoming the next big thing. And, of course, if it’s a software/app, there’s an Apple product. This one has matured exponentially since its creation in 2004. According to TechRadar, “although it still lacks a couple of key features (such as MIDI export and the ability to control external hardware via MIDI), GarageBand offers more than enough to get you going.” As the article goes on to explain, this is the ideal product for someone getting started and who might ultimately end up using Apple’s fully-functional DAW, Logic Pro X. What many people love about this one is its shared features, such as groove-maker, controls, and Drummer.
Dopamine is Totally Dope
We should clarify that headline – Dopamine is dope for Windows users. Not everyone is Apple-centric, yo! This open source Windows Media player is perfect for those who aren’t completely tech-savvy, as it’s very easy to navigate its customizable interface. Fans of this music software like its meta tagging features and real-time lyrics. Learning how to become a DJ will come over time. For now, start with this.
This isn’t a 2019 software if we’re being honest (2017) but it’s stood the test of these two years, that’s for sure. This latest iteration is also available free of charge and, although you might not get all the more current features, you will get a notice when the nearly-annual updates are available. Fans of this love its MIDI-out functionality, unique looks, one main window to work in, and the unlimited number of MIDI and audio tracks.
Acid Pro Version 8 – Professional Music Production
If you’re a solo musician in need of some backup and enhancement for your musical creations, look no further than this program. With a loop-based music creation process, full MIDI sequencing, access to Sony’s massive music library, and multi-track recording and mixing capabilities, what more could you ask for? Maybe 3,000 Sony Sound Series loops and 90 realistic virtual instruments that aid solo musicians to get their song to sound just how they want it to. Oh, yeah, this has that, too.
Music truly does make the world go ‘round. Whether you’re trying to make it in the industry or simply love to play around, true aficionados love a good software. Try any or all of these when mixing and creating your masterpieces and you’ll be hooked.