1. Narrow Down Your Options
You're probably already well-aware that there's no shortage to options when it comes to DAWs. That's in fact the whole dilemma when you start out with music production. Which DAW is the best music software for beginners?
Now, you could go and do some intensive research and try to compare feature by feature with as many DAWs as possible. That would take you ages though and when you're starting out it's hard to know what it is that you're comparing.
Here's how to quickly get to a shortlist of viable DAW options...
A: Forget About Free
I get it. You want to get started with music as soon as possible, so all the free DAW options may seem like a good way to start out.
It's not! Here's why...
It takes a decent amount of time and effort to get proficient with any DAW, even the free ones.
So, if you're serious about music production you'll probably want to switch over to one of the top DAWs at some point. That means a new learning curve that'll set back your progress for a while as you learn how to work with the new software.
So, it's better to go straight for the top DAWs, even if the pro versions costs hundreds of dollars.
Luckily there's a way that makes more sense than switching to a new DAW later. More on this a bit further below.
B: Check OS Compatibility
Now, while more and more DAWs are cross-platform, some still run only on Mac or only on PC.
Logic Pro, a very popular DAW, for example, is an Apple product and runs only on Macs. So, if your music production computer is Windows-based you can safely ignore Logic as a DAW.
This will make your shortlist of options even shorter.
C: Check Your Budget
Budget is often a constraint that will limit your options further.
For one, you may not want to splash out hundreds of dollars when you first start out with music production.
Secondly, you may want to split your budget to get an interface, headphones, monitors or other studio gear.
Remove any options beyond your budget and you'll be left with even a shorter shortlist to pick from.