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Sep 282017

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      When I first got into beat making there were a long list of DAWS to choose from. What played a factor in my choice of software in the beginning was my budget and lack of knowledge. But in the end it worked its self out. Which ever program you choose to use remember that there is no such thing as the best DAW. And every digital audio workstation has its pros and cons, some may arguably out way others but that is subjective to preference. Here are a few pointers that can help beginners with your decision

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1- Budget- This is the most important factor because everything in your studio will revolve around the DAW you'll be using. This is a big commitment because you'll be using the program for about 5 years plus and beyond. I've been using the same DAW for over 10 years now and haven't had the need to make a complete switch. Which ever route you may choose, make sure you're getting the best option available to you even if it means saving up a few extra hundreds to get the full version of the DAW you desire. Trust me holding out will be well worth it in the long run. There are many DAWs to choose form that offer trial periods.

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2- Experience level- When your just starting out you'll want to choose a DAW with the lowest learning curve. For example a program like pro-tools would be too complex for a beginner to start out with, because of its learning curve being on a Pro level. This is an industry standard program that you'll find most if not all recording / mix engineers using int the studio. This program has training courses where a certification is received. Aside from that most DAWs will have more to offer beginners with video tutorials that can be found on you tube.

 

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3 – Future proof- Keep in mind if your buying the entry level version of your DAW at some point you will out grow its limitations. As mentioned before saving up a little bit more for the full version will create more possibilities for you as your skill and knowledge of the program grows. Even if your using the entry level version of the DAW you'll always have to option to up grade to the full version of the program leaving you with no limitations and more features to work with.

 

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4- Patients For some beginners there are a few DAWs that may have its challenges when it comes to the over all learning curve. The layout sequencer can be some what over whelming at first but with video tutorials and some patients the learning process can be rewarding if you stick with it in the end. With all the consistent DAW upgrades from various software developers makes it an exciting time for today's musician / electronic music producer in 2017.

 

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