There are many different types of digital audio workstations available on the market today. Which one should you choose? In this article, we compare Ableton Live with Logic Pro and Pro Tools and give you a breakdown of what DAW we think will fit you. Looking for more tips on audio engineering? Check out all of our recent blog articles on the topic.

What is Ableton Live?

Ableton Live is an easy-to-use music production software that allows users to create, record, edit, mix, and master songs. It has been used by artists such as Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna, and Justin Bieber.

Ableton Live allows users to create songs using loops, samples, and other sounds and is very popular amongst producers and DJs, in addition to recording artists and sound engineers. One of the reasons Ableton is so popular is because of how easy it is to pick up and use. It’s even been referenced by artists such as Chance the Rapper in his song Home Studio, where he  reflects “you is just an ankle weight, lighter than some angel cake, sweeter than some maple syrup, easier than Ableton,” referencing the program’s ease of use.  

Ableton Live starts at $99 and can be purchased directly on the Ableton website. However, some audio hardware, such as interfaces by Focusrite, may come with a free copy of the software. If you’re a student, there are discounts available.

Ableton Live vs Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X is an audio production software application developed by Apple Inc. for macOS computers. The program was first released in October 2014. If you’re looking for a more powerful DAW (digital audio workstation), then you might consider using Logic Pro X. This program offers advanced features such as multi-track recording, MIDI sequencing, and professional effects processing. 

If you’re mixing multiple tracks together, you might find yourself repeating the same steps over and over again. With Logic Pro X, you can automate these tasks by creating a preset. This lets you set up a series of commands that will automatically perform certain actions when triggered. 

You can save your favorite settings as presets so you can quickly access them later. You can also use presets to save your favorite settings so you can quickly return to them later. And if you’ve got a lot of automation going on, you can even create a preset that will trigger itself. 

Many Apple computers will come with Logic Pro installed free of charge. For artists who just picked up a new MacBook Pro or iMac, Logic Pro might be a good place to start.

Ableton Live vs Pro Tools

Pro Tools is one of the most popular digital audio workstations on the market today. It has been around since 1992 and has evolved over time. Pro Tools is the industry standard for recording, editing, mixing, mastering, and publishing music. If you are a professional audio engineer or find yourself in recording studios frequently, you will need to know Pro Tools. It is simply the most comprehensive option out of the three, however it is the most difficult to use.

Pro Tools was originally developed by Avid Technology as a competitor to Apple’s Final Cut Pro. In fact, Pro Tools was first released in 1992 and was called SoundEdit at the time. Since then, Pro Tools has become more powerful and easier to use than ever before. Today, Pro Tools is owned by Avid Technology, Inc., who also owns other products such as Adobe Creative Suite.

If you’d rather use an application that’s easier to learn, then you might prefer using Ableton Live. It has a simple interface and comes with a free version. However, it lacks some of the power of other programs. If you’re looking for more advanced features, then you might consider using Pro Tools. This program offers a lot of flexibility and allows users to make changes quickly. You can also add effects and automate tasks.

Pro Tools starts at $99 per year and has the option for a 30-day free trial.

Conclusion

We prefer using Ableton Live because it is a perfect mix of what all three softwares offer and is significantly easier to use and teach to other creators. However, if you plan on working in a professional studio or starting a career as an audio engineer you have to know Pro Tools. While your DAW comes down to personal preference, nearly every major studio will use Pro Tools and it’s a skill worth investing in. Want more insights on audio engineering and the music industry? Check out our artist resources.