Seeking recommendations for audio creation tools for the Mac or iPad

macOS & Mac Apps

Hello everyone, i want to learn to make project music. Audio project, midi, and sequencer. But the devices I have are just macbook pro retina 2014 and iPad air. There are some applications I can use to help me? For proTules i can not buy it because it is expensive. Please help. Thanks and forgive my bad english ...



Submitted by Tree on Wednesday, May 17, 2017

It's no pro tools, but you might try garage band for basic midi music creation etc. It's pretty good for what it is, and it's mostly accessible, other then automation, as far as I can tell. I use it to create many track ambient music, and it's good for that because of how simple it is. You might also look into reaper, which is a lot less expensive then pro tools. I don't know how accessible this app is on the mac, but it's very usable on windows now.

Submitted by dharmaputra on Thursday, May 18, 2017

Is the reaper the same as the CakWok sonar? What reaper is better?

Submitted by Tree on Thursday, May 18, 2017

I can't say much about reaper on the mac, and I no nothing about the other work station you mentioned, but reaper is like a fifty dollar version of pro tools. It's super powerful and a lot of people are moving to it. Once again, I don't know anything about it's accessibility on the mac.

Submitted by dharmaputra on Friday, May 19, 2017

Is the reaper the same as sonar? Or reaper much better? If i use reaper, is it expensive?

Submitted by Mitchell on Friday, May 19, 2017

Hi all.
Just wanted to let you know that there is a version of Pro Tools that is absolutely free. It's called Protools First. Hope this helps.

Submitted by Carlos Taylor on Friday, May 19, 2017

I believe Reaper is about $60 U.S. I have the 60 day trial version. I honestly don't know how it compares to Sonar as I never used that product. I only listened to recorded demos. At any rate, I've heard a lot of buzz over Reaper lately and it seems like a very powerful DAW. Check out these podcasts from Audio Pizza and Cool Blind Tech to hear more about Reaper. The audio pizza podcasts are done on a Mac while the Cool Blind Tech podcasts are done on Windows. I believe the same tasks can be accomplished on both operating systems so I think the Windows demos are worth listening to.…

Submitted by Carlos Taylor on Friday, May 19, 2017

In reply to by Mitchell

Have you tried protools first? I tried it but didn't get anywhere. Also, I believe you are limited to 3 projects at a time, so you'll have to delete 1 to create a new one once you've reached 3. At least, that is how it seemed to work when I tried it. I got much further with Garageband than I ever did with protools first and GarageBand is also free.

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