Digital Audio Workstations


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Audacity Audition Ardour Descript GarageBand Hindenburg Logic Pro X ProTools Reaper Samplitude
operating systems Linux, macOS, Windows macOS, Windows Linux, macOS, Windows macOS, Windows macOS macOS, Windows macOS Linux, macOS, Windows Windows
cost free 31.50 USD/month,
240 USD/year
free 0-14 USD/month free 95 USD,
375 USD*,
120 USD/year*
200 USD 60 USD,
225 USD
400 USD
complexity low low low medium high high high
non-destructive :x: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
multi-track recording :x: :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:* :white_check_mark: :white_check_mark:
import/open sessions from aup aaf, dat (StarTrack), nhsx, ptf, ptx, sesx, xml (Final Cut Pro) aaf aaf, ptf, ptx edl (Samplitude), rpp aaf, edl (Samplitude), omf, vip
export/save sessions to aup aaf, eel (Samplitude), fcpxml, sesx, xml (Premiere) aaf*, adl, nhsx ptf, ptx edl (Samplitude), rpp, txt (Vegas EDL) aaf, edl (Samplitude), omf, vip
users :heart: text-based interface clipboard
users :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: works only with English audio no color coding

* Pro version
native session formats are bolded

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Descript follows a concept that is entirely different from all other DAWs. All audio gets transcribed by the software and then edited based on the transcript: deleting words in the text also deletes them from the audio. It is possible to produce episodes entirely in Descript, but more advanced users will want to export their sessions from Descript to another DAW at some point in the process.


What distinguishes Hindenburg from other DAWs is that it is made primarily for journalists, not musicians. It is great for producing straightforward radio segments and podcast episodes, however lacks some features for more complex productions.

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