There are a number of digital audio workstations to pick from – Reaper, Pro Tools, FL Studio, Ableton, Logic, and so on. While Pro Tools is the industry standard, Logic and Ableton have been gaining traction as popular DAWs to work with. Ableton grew to popularity in the producing and EDM community for its incredible user experience, mixing and mastering tools, and compatibility with hardware, such as Ableton Push

At DCR, we are fond users of Ableton Live 10, and use it for most of our engineering, production, and recording projects. Ableton is not only one of the most powerful digital audio workstations, but one of the easiest to get into. This is why we recommend Ableton to both experienced and beginning audio engineers, producers, and artists. This latter group are usually younger, but don’t have to be, and are often students. Ableton offers up to 40% off its tools for students and educators. 

Ableton states you are eligible for an educational discount if you are:

  • a student currently enrolled in full-time educational studies, up to advanced degree programs and 18 years old or of legal age in your country of residence. Parents of a student not of legal adult age can buy educational licenses on behalf of their child using their child’s valid student ID.
  • a student in a part-time program that consists of 20 hours or more study time per week, or one that runs for 12 months or more. The area of studies is irrelevant.
  • a teacher who is currently employed full- or part-time at a school or university in any field. Part-time and private teachers must work at least 20 hours per week to qualify

To purchase Ableton with a student discount, head over to the Ableton shop page, and verify you are a student at check out. 

Interested in trying out Ableton Live before committing to the DAW? Ableton offers a 90 day trial for Ableton Live 10. Download your trial here.

Already an Ableton user, or just claimed your student discount? The DCR team has put together some great Ableton Live 10 tips, tricks, and guides. Check them out!