Audiofanzine just listed the top 18 digital audio workstations (DAWs), otherwise known by the names audio/MIDI sequencers, multi-track recording software, etc. This is always an interesting thing. Not only do people love “top” lists, but I like to see whether the software I use s my primary DAW, Reaper, is on the list. It is:). Why wouldn’t it be?
But it’s also cool to check out what else is on the list. Who knows? You may see something you’ve not heard of before and want to try it.
I don’t know why they chose 18 as their “top” number. Why not top 10? My guess is that there are too many good programs out there that are just as good as many of the others.
One note about their list is that they focused only on music production programs, as opposed to the more expensive broadcast-focused ones like Nuendo (1,700 bucks), Sequoia (2, 980 bucks), and Pyramix (2,962 bucks).
Reaper is number 11 on their list, interestingly right after Pro Tools at number 10. I say that’s interesting because Pro Tools is widely regarded to be the industry standard. But lists like this are subjective for sure. They (Audiofanzine) even admit this right up front. Maybe that’s why they chose Sony Acid as number 1. I’m thinking it’s possible the list may not even be in rank order. Maybe they just randomly through up the top 18 in any order.
Anyway, here is the page with the list and descriptions of each program: http://en.audiofanzine.com/plugin-sequencer/editorial/articles/the-best-daws.html
As I said, sequencers/DAWs are pretty personal. But it may be worth trying a few to see which ones you like best.