Recording Studio Software Review

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Why Use Recording Studio Software?

Recording studio software offers individuals the tools and features on their computers that have long been available only in expensive professional recording studios. Whether you are looking for an advanced workstation to edit, modify and enhance musical tracks or simply need a portal to record musical tracks and patch parts and pieces together, recording studio software offers that and more.

From creating synthesized lines, sequencing percussion lines and drum beats to modifying arrangement and structure, recording studio software programs give users the precision and creative control necessary to take raw tracks and transform them into professional-quality songs.

With additional support for hardware and MIDI controllers, recording studio software programs can operate as a hub, letting users make use of the software through line-out controls and implement, supplement and even combine sounds to make your tracks sound unlike any other.

What to Look for in Recording Studio Software

Recording studio software programs can require a great deal of computing power. That is why, to ensure the best levels of performance and the highest possible quality for finished musical tracks, computer specifications should exceed the basic requirements stated by the product. Knowing your own computer specs including available disc space, RAM memory, processor units, screen display resolution audio card and driver type can help you make an informed decision about which recording studio software programs are right for you, and which ones would be better used on a higher-powered computer.

Not all recording studio software programs are equal. That said, here are some of the attributes that should be considering when purchasing a recording studio software program.

The following is the criteria TopTenREVIEWS used to evaluate recording studio software:

Audio Production Features
Recording studio software programs should provide an array of tools and features to record, modify, manipulate and edit musical tracks. These features should be available within an intuitive, easy to use interface that reduces the learning curve for new users while helping experienced users advance their skill-set and proving enough tools and features for both new and experienced to craft, create, manipulate, modify, edit and record tracks. 

Performance
While the performance of recording studio software programs is often dependent upon your computer’s specs, the software itself do impact what you can do and, moreover, how quickly and consistently with as little latency as you can do them. Knowing how well a recording studio software program performs under pressure or when tasked with intensive assignments is important to consider when selecting a program.

Input/Output
While most recording studio software programs can be operated free of any external hardware or MIDI controllers, evolving your skills as a musician and engineer often requires including additional hardware devices and MIDI controllers to enhance your sound and expand your program’s potential. In addition to considering the hardware that can be used with the program, it is important to consider what audio file formats the program is compatible with, and which file formats it can publish to.

Help/Support
No recording studio software program is complete without helpful resources and technical support to help users familiarize themselves with software program, troubleshoot technical issues and learn advanced techniques and methods for various stages of the recording process. Recording studio software programs should include built-in and online resources like user-guides, help tabs, FAQs pages and user forums, as well as contact information for additional assistance like email or telephone.

In this site you will find articles related to recording studio software as well as in-depth reviews of some of the most popular and widely-used recording studio software programs available, including TopTenREVIEWS top-rated programs Reason, Ableton and Pro Tools.

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Audio Production Features
Infinite Cue Points
 
Pitch Matching
 
Level Matching
 
    
Dynamic Beat Visualizer
 
Key Visualizer   
 
     
Arpeggiator
 
  
Synthesizer
Granular Synthesis
 
 
   
Wavetable Synthesis
  
 
Graintable Synthesis
 
       
Sequencer
 
 
Audio Compression/ Conversion Tools
 
Reverberator
 
 
 
Automatic Filter Folders
 
   
Synchronized Sampler
 
  
Instrument/ Device Sound Combinator
 
    
Digital Vocoder
 
4-Band Mastering Suite
  
  
Studio Imager
  
  
   
Compressor
 
 
 
Stabilized Performance Mode
       
Volume Maximizer
      
32-Channel Mixer
 
  
Automatic Pitch Detection
 
  
Sampler
Patch Sampler Functionality
      
Monophonic Mode
  
  
   
Polyphonic Modes
 
Drum Machine
Analog Effect Suite
 
 
 
Editing Features
Customizable Sequencing View
    
 
 
Vector Automation
 
 
 
 
Tempo Automation
 
 
   
Management by Chord
   
Show Time in LCD
 
 
Show Measures in LCD
    
   
Show Tempo in LCD
 
Real Time Edit Functionality
Automatic 4/4 Phase Detection
       
First/ Last Beat Detection
 
      
Fully Automated Parameters
   
   
Standard Musical Notation   
 
   
External Control Compatibility
 
 
External MIDI Keyboard Compatibility
 
Input
CD
 
Line-in
 
Sound Card
Digidesign Card Required
 
Auxillary Port
  
WMA
AIFF
 
 
WAV
MP3
FLAC
 
 
Output
CD
 
Line-Out
 
 
 
Exported Files   
WMA
 
AIFF
       
WAV
MP3
 
OGG       
 
 
FLAC       
 
 
Technical Help/ Support
Telephone Support
  
     
Email Support
 
Tutorials
User Manual
FAQ
User Forums   
 
 
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Windows 2000         
MAC
OS X 10.3.9 or later