When it comes to songwriting, it’s good to have tools at your disposal that can help you manage your creative ideas. Although they are used mostly for general recording purposes, DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) are useful tools that can help simplify the songwriting process and make it more enjoyable.
Bobby Owsinski shares several insights about DAWs in this article that can help make the whole practice of songwriting a lot easier.
Songwriting is such a personal affair. Everyone does it differently and everyone has an idea on the best way to do it. These days, most people write with their favorite DAW to help them either flesh out the rhythm of the tune or simply remember any ideas. For some, that’s a heartache in itself as sometimes there’s more time spent on the technical aspect of the DAW than on the actual writing.
That said, here are the top 10 DAWs for songwriting as stated by songwriting.net.
3. FL Studio
5. Apple Logic
10. Ableton Live
I’m not sure that I agree with everything on this list, especially the order, but then again, to each his own when it comes to DAW choices. I sometimes think that the easiest thing is a simple handheld recorder by Zoom, Tascam or even a recording app on an iPhone to capture the ideas. You can always flesh them out later on the DAW. Then again, if you’re writing around beats and loops, then the songs starts in the DAW in the first place.
What’s your choice?
Bobby Owsinski is a producer/engineer, and a music and technology advisor. He has authored 16 books on recording, music, and the music business.