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    I am looking for a DAW for hip hop production. I feel overwhelmed, there are so many. I currently have Pro Tools 11 which I plan to use for recording/mixing and I am now looking for something for beatmaking. I see/hear mixed reviews on FL Studio I hear good things about Cubase, and Im curious about Studio One considering its pretty cheap. I think I have narrowed it down to FL Studio, Cubase, and Studio One. I will probably start off basic with just a midi controller and later on down the line add a synth and possible a maschine or mpc. Would appreciate any feedback on what you like or dislike about any of these DAWs.
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    Protools can be used for beatmaking. any daw, can be used for beatmaking :/


    Looking at a lot of daws and seeing one you are actually interested in, list:


    Reason
    Reaper[my bad y'all lol]
    Orion[strange but good]
    bitwig
    studio one
    cubase
    logic
    ableton
    lmms
    motu digital performer
    protools
    podium
    fl studio
    ardour
    magic music maker
    garageband
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    so you've been using pro tools... I love love love logic 10. i tried using pro tools 11 and it was a traumatic experience to say the least. I can't expect it to be much better going the other way. but if you have a mac and you are just starting out on beatmaking (which I assume you are? not sure) then I would give garageband a shot. if you like it, great. and when/if you feel its necessary jump up to logic. that's what i did. plus, the learning curve between gb and logic is super super small.

    that all only applies if you're a mac user AND you like logic/gb. otherwise, just get a trial version of some that sound good and see which one you make the best music on. simple as that. at least there IS a trial version for FL and studio one. that drove me crazy about logic. i would personally try out FL first since its the one of the only ones that has a substantial instrument library out of the box. but, if you have a mac i would really steer you towards garageband since its built in and honestly has a better instrument library than a lot/most of the "professional" daws.

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    kkk: you forgot reaper

    OP: it is finding a work flow more than anything else as to which daw you choose - my work flow is different when I use reason compared to cubase compared to pro-tools compared to reaper compared to fl (I rarely use fl, only for the occasional collab

    my preference is reason or cubase but I use the others because I need to for
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    I would recommend you look at getting a MIDI controller before you start looking to use some other shit for drawing notes into the piano roll with the mouse or what ever the hell you have been doing......I know it seems counter intuitive but sometimes it's better to shop for a MIDI controller first so that you can possibly exploit some upgrade path of any bundled software and save some cash....that is if you decide that Pro sTools is somehow deficient even after you have turbocharged your workflow by adding a MIDI controller.

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    Download the demos.
    Play around.
    Decide on what you like best.

    The reality is you can make excellent music on ALL the DAWs. As BandCoach said, it's about your own personal workflow.

    It's not the tools, it's the user... Don't waste time jumping around from DAW to DAW. Pick one, learn it inside out, and then concentrate on making beautiful music.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/JCBiffro - checkout my YouTube channel for a ton of music production tutorials, mixing tips, popular presets and much much more!

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    Pro Tools will do what you need including the xtra add-ons that you mentioned but later on down the line you'll find that Cubase does it, too; gives you more!
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    Use Ableton. Its easy to get going on and powerful

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    I recently asked several music producers music software they prefer, here is a top with best DAWs: Best Music Software
    Mastering and Mixing Tutorials at ProducerSpot.com

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    Appreciate the feedback. Pro Tools has just been so difficult for me to learn. I like that FL Studio has a lot of tutorials online and seems to be user friendly.

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