Cubase is one of the oldest and most popular software in the history of sound recording.
It comes with best of the audio and midi recording features and full blown presets and virtual instruments. It is very popular in mainstream media and used extensively by TV and movie producers.
It also supports Video in a different version as Nuendo. This is one of the music making softwares that started as MIDI but went into audio editing arena and became good at it.
- Have a good support for audio and midi
- Lots of features for audio editing and midi editing.
- Comes with lots of pre-installed instruments and sound samples.
- Have the best mixer in the industry.
- A bit expensive than many other DAWs that offer almost similar features
- A memory hog that is known to crash a lot especially with some VSTi plugins.
Alternatives for making music on the computer>
- Energy XT - is one of the best cheap MIDI capable DAW.
- Fl studio - started out as a simple drum machine and evolved into a complete monstor for music production. Can do everything right from MIDI to Audio. But it is mainly geared towards MIDI so if you do a lot of audio recording then look elsewhere. It is a better option that Reason because it can do audio stuff nicely.
- Logic pro - one stop solution, very expensive does everything related to music production under the sun.
- Adobe audition - one of the lesser used DAWs out there, MIDI support is minimal. Good for creating loops and podcasting type of stuff. Not so great for other things.
- Reaper a small and robust DAW that can do everything but does not comes with lots of samples or presets. Is comparatively cheaper and bang for the buck.
- Ardour is developed by School of Audio Engineering as an open source DAW to rival pro-tools. It is still in developmental stages and has to go a long way.