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Shootout Pro Audio Software: 7 Products Rated

(January 21, 2014)
DMN Newswire--2014-1-21--

Digital Music Doctor has released a new analysis which compares seven of the most popular Digital Audio Workstation software products from Avid, Steinberg, Cakewalk, MOTU, Apple, Ableton and Image Line. This analysis is an update of an ongoing study and now includes ratings for the recently released Cakewalk Sonar X3. The analysis measures these products based on two ratings, an overall functional rating and a value ratio that measures which products provide the most value for the money. The new features in Sonar X3 increased the overall rating so that Sonar X3 is now in second place behind Steinberg Cubase. Logic Pro X remains the leading DAW in terms of value for the money.

1 - Cubase 7  (4.6)
2 - Sonar X3  (4.5)
3 - Logic Pro X  (4.3)
4 - Digital Performer 8  (3.7)
5 - Pro Tools 11  (3.6)
6 - Live 9  (3.2)
7 - FL Studio 11  (3.0)

1 - Logic Pro X  (2.16)
2 - FL Studio 11  (1.51)
3 - Cubase 7  (0.92)
4 - Sonar X3  (0.90)
5 - Digital Performer 8  (0.74)
6 - Live 9  (0.71)
7 - Pro Tools 11  (0.52)

The functional rating evaluates 130 different factors on a scale of 0-5 (5 being best) which are combined to arrive at an overall rating. The second metric of the analysis is the value ratio which is the ratio of the overall functional rating divided by the representative dealer price. Each main category of the functional rating has several subcategories which provide overall ratings for such functions as Mixing & Mastering, MIDI Editors, and Loops & Remix. The analysis also includes an explanation for each rating as well as a description of what a particular function is and why it is important.
This analysis is based on the materials used in the video training courses produced by Digital Music Doctor for Avid Pro Tools, Cakewalk Sonar, Steinberg Cubase, MOTU Digital Performer, Apple Logic Pro, Image Line FL Studio and Ableton Live. The complete analysis is available at the Digital Music Doctor web site:
Digital Music Doctor
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