Protools - the veteran DAW for the pro's
Protools has had been the industry standard for years and still is most popular DAW for the professional recording engineers in hollywood!
One of the primary reason for it being most popular is clean workflow with great control over various aspects of audio right from placement to adding effects and mixing.
Other softwares like Reaper offer almost the same features in fraction of the price, but they lack some features.
Protools offers a rich interface and usability. So the big houses don't mind spending money on a better tool for their needs.
- Smooth workflow
- Clean design with options to tweak things to very low level.
- Not the best software for doing MIDI (though things have changed in recent versions)
- Expensive !!!!!
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.