Best DAWs for guitarists: guitar-friendly music-making software

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Whether you're looking to record YouTube pedal demos, original music or live shows, you're going to need one of the best DAWs for guitar players. Once upon a time DAWs (also known as digital audio workstations) were expensive and required a lot of specialist knowledge to use, but now they're accessible, ergonomic, and affordable, and there are options available for everything from your mobile phone to your laptop. Although some hardware is required, like an audio interface, studio-quality recording has never been easier for the average guitarist.

However, just because home recording is within reach doesn't mean the range of choices is any less daunting. There are DAWs available for every budget, including free options, and applications for both Mac and PC. In this best DAWs guide we'll go over several options to find which is the best one for you, and which ones make guitar recording a breeze.

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.