For as long as music production exists, every new music producer will always wonder about the best DAW of choice for music production. Almost all of us, at the beginning of our music production journey, have pondered about the best daw for beginners. On the same foot, a lot of us may be currently using the same DAW we started out with, while others have probably steered away. But if you’re like me, you’ve tried over 10+ DAW’s in search of the best one to use primarily. Because you’re indecisive as f*ck and struggle with a continuous loop of sticking with just one. Resulting in using various daws across numerous projects.
But all indecisiveness aside, I wanted to introduce the best daw for beginners, which, when asked about this, takes zero hesitation for a recommendation. This is a daw that I covered a while back in my “BEST FREE DAW SOFTWARE FOR PRODUCERS – TOP 5 *HIDDEN GEMS*” post.
But I’ll be going a lot more in-depth as to why I would recommend this DAW in particular as the best daw for beginners over many other contenders. Not only is it easy, user-friendly and super intuitive to use, but the damn audio engine in this thing is of much higher quality than most of it’s much more expensive counterparts. In fact, it honestly may be the best I’ve heard. I know the claim I just made may be pushing it a bit too far, but it’s true! This feature alone continues to just ‘wow’ me till his day.
Best Beginners Daw of 2019: Mulab
A User Interface That Can Literally Be Mastered In A Single Day
In all seriousness, the user interface is easy on the eyes and not nearly as intimidating as most other DAW’s out there. As a brand new producer, for the first time if you opened up 5 other DAW’s, let’s say: Fl Studio, Ableton, Cubase, Presonus Studio One, or God forbid Renoise, I guarantee that you would find the sight of a few of them quite daunting. I believe that sometimes it’s more plausible to approach the art of music production with a more simpler approach. Even if it means starting off with a DAW that’s easier to navigate and get the hang of, yet still full-fledged and packed with features.
I think the only issue, which I myself am guilty of, is that many people aspire to use the same tools used by their favorite music artists who they look up to. They start a forum post in an attempt to ‘mimic’ what a popular artist uses as their choice of daw, plugins, mastering techniques, and the whole nine in hopes of guiding themselves down a similar path. I mean, If I was granted a wish I’d wish to be a fly on the wall in Eric Prydz’s studio. There’s nothing wrong with the mimicking per say. But the issue is that it can be haphazard to your learning experience as you’re constantly finding yourself in a bind trying to emulate instead of building your own individuality through the process of trial and error. It may take you over 10 daws and counting like it did for me, but just try and start with a DAW that you feel most comfortable with after playing around with it for a while. The best first step would be to work with a DAW with a stress-free user interface. You’d be surprised at how quickly you could at least pick up the theory and technicalities of producing by starting off with an easier DAW. So if you choose to move on to a more advance daw, the learning curve wouldn’t be nearly as discouraging.
“Mulab is something very special. A treasure to Say the Least. But you have to dig deep and explore to find the hidden gems.”
Check out the video above and take a look at Mulab in action. Although the video covers a more advanced future that was just released, I only provided this video to show you the user interface in use. If you look around, you’ll notice that there are very few windows to toggle between, and not too many parameters and unnecessary menu buttons hogging the layout, which in itself can lead to cpu hog and performance issues. Mulab is set up to save you an ample amount of cpu resources with a user interface that is clean and low on demand. The moment you open the program, you dive feet first into it and start accomplishing what matters most, making music. Nothing else!
Superb Sound Engine:
Have a listen at some of the demo tracks made with Mulab 5 and you’ll catch a glimpse of what I mean.
For Mulab to be one of the more affordable DAW’s at such a great price point, the audio engine is clean and crisp. Straight out of the box it has the sound quality to ensure clarity in your mixdown sessions while you produce. One of my favorite uses of Mulab is constructing melodies using various VST’s in midi form and then rendering as an audio clip to later import in another DAW for the arrangement. I do this because the user interface is so simple and straightforward, and I usually start 90% of my productions off with the melody before I do anything else. With Mulab, there aren’t any numerous windows that you have to cycle through just to use a certain feature. To me, that can be such a nuisance with some other DAWS and can really ponder the workflow!
MPC Based Drumpad That Makes Beat Creation A Seamless Experience
“The MuDrum is an easy yet super-flexible drum module capable of creating almost any drum sound, both sample-based or virtual analog or any hybrid combination of that.” The greatest thing about Mudrum is how easy it is to drag and drop any sample in each of the drum pads on your screen. Load them up, then you can go into each drum pad and mix and mangle that particular sample using the various parameters to the right of the screen like attack, sustain, decay, release and tons more!
The reason why this is so powerful is due to the fact that once each sample is routed in its own drum pad, it’s automatically assigned as midi to a particular key on the piano roll. That way, you can go in and start constructing your loops with all of your samples already preloaded. Some other daws out there won’t even allow you to do that as you would have to download a 3rd party vst plugin to achieve this effect by importing samples and then linking them to the piano roll via midi to play on each key. That can be a very daunting, uncessary process and I’d like to keep beginners far away from it for now.
Mux Modular: Sound Design on Another Level
“MUX Modular is a high-quality and flexible modular synth and effect plug-in. MUX Modular can be a vintage synthesizer or a hi-tech sample player, it can be a multi-band compressor or a stereo reverb, and it can be so much more.” Yes, you heard it right. MUX Modular is like a vintage synth in of itself, in which you can create practically any sound you please by routing various vst effects together. To be honest, I did not know this was possible using only one plugin and always found this to be attainable through the use of expensive hardware. The crazy thing is that there really is no limit to the number of effects that you can route simultaneously together, as long as your screen resolution can handle it. This is the part of the DAW that allows you to explore the depths of sound design and craft your own unique sounds.
Hopefully, by now, I’ve given you enough spur to dive in and give Mulab a try. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with Mulab as a beginner or even as a professional. For the beginner, it’s the perfect full-featured DAW to get started with that won’t automatically bombard you from the start as the majority of other daws out there. For the professional, this might be what you need when it comes to sound design because of that sweet ass MUX Modular tool. If you’re interested, download the demo http://www.mutools.com/mulab-downloads.html here and try it out. Thankfully it’s available for both WINDOWS and MAC!