The best free DAWs

Good digital audio workstations are not cheap but startling changes in the world of audio software have brought to the free market, composition and processing powers that once costed a fortune.


  • Cakewalk

    Freemium Windows Website

    Cakewalk has long been a commercial super power in the audio industry and now, everyone can reap the rewards of its rich history in sound design. Sporting a beautiful UI, unlimited tracks and a massive suite of pro-quality gear bundled in, it brings a truly outstanding, commercial DAW experience to the free market.

     

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  • Tracktion

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Website

    A cross-platform DAW that showcases the power of the Small JUCE iconJUCE library, Tracktion was set free at version 7 which was then forked to create its commercial counterpart, Small Waveform iconWaveform. Meanwhile, Tracktion 7 retains its modular routing powers with unlimited tracks but without the cost. It's an outstanding DAW that works natively across Mac, Windows and Linux desktops.

     

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  • Ardour

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Website

    Ardour is a commercial strength DAW that continues to advance in sophistication and features. Not only is it dirt cheap for a pre-compiled version, it's totally free for the code to compile it yourself.

     

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  • MuLab

    Freemium Mac Windows Website

    MuLab is a very inexpensive DAW with a totally free version that's limited to 4 simultaneous channels of sound. Apart from that limit, it has the same advanced, modular core as the full version.

     

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  • AudioTool

    Free Web Website

    AudioTool is a gem of audio composition, being totally free but still possessing advanced features that easily compare with the big DAWs. Plus, it's built for online use so compositions are easily portable and collaboration and social sharing is very simple.

     

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  • Caustic

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad Website

    The commercial Caustic is designed for mobile use but the desktop version has all the same power at no cost at all. It's a free version of the app that works perfectly well with a mouse.

     

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  • Rosegarden

    Free Linux Website

    Designed strictly for Linux, Rosegarden provides powerful multi-track composition features normally found in pricey commercial apps, totally for free.

     

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  • SunVox

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Windows Mobile iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Website

    Different from most DAWs, SunVox relies on a tracker interface that can take some effort to learn but provides powerful pattern-based composition capabilities. While the interface is different, it's a fully capable DAW with advanced, modular routing. And the desktop version is totally free.

     

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  • MultitrackStudio

    Freemium Mac Windows iPad Website

    A little less known than many similar full-featured DAWs, MultitrackStudio packages its commercial powers in a super intuitive interface that greatly simplifies composition workflow. The fee, lite version has a 3-track limit, but the app's core strengths are all there.

     

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Comments on The best free DAWs

mteseres
· Aug 2018 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

SoundBridge - A Free Full-Featured DAW Designed with Simplicity in Mind
https://soundbridge.io

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