Best Electronic Music Software

Propellerhead Reason 8What is the best electronic music software? There are so many music programs out there, which is the best one to choose. Well, I will start with my favourite, which is the one that I use myself, and then include a few other popular programs.


Propellerhead Reason

My personal favourite software for making electronic music is Propellerhead Reason. I use this myself to make all my music, and it’s really he only software you need. It is a full electronic music studio inside your computer. Seriously, it has everything. It’s really easy to get started, just fire up an instrument and start making tunes. But it doesn’t stop there because it is infinitely expandable. It has so many possibilities, it’s unreal.

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Click here to read my review of Reason 8 >>

Here is one of my own pieces of music I made using Reason:

And here’s another one:

FL Studio

Another top music program is FL Studio. One of the best things about it is how quick and easy it is to create great sounding music. Although the video below is intended to be funny, it still gives you an idea of how quick and easy it is to use.

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Mixcraft Pro Studio

This seems to be similar to Propellerhead Reason, but not yet quite at the same level. Still, it is cheaper than Reason and has software synths and effects built in.

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Ableton Live

Great for putting together ideas on the fly.

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Steinberg Cubase

I used to use Cubase years ago, back in the late 90s and early 2000s. It looks like it has come a long way since then.

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So I hope you have found this article about the best electronic music software helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments section below and I will reply as soon as I can.

Happy music making!
Marcus.

18 Comments

  1. Anh Nguyen

    Marcus,

    I definitively love electronic musics, especially dance. I think like any type of arts, the real essence is in creating things, not the how.

    Maybe some are more conservative than others, but I think as long as you express yourself and that doesn’t harm anybody, it’s all cool.

    I really like your composition, hope you’d share more with us.

    Cheers!

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    1. admin (Post author)

      Thanks. Yes, I will definitely be sharing more music as I go one.

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  2. Tyler Redlev

    I’ve used fruity loops some time. It was great because of it’s simplicity. Just so many people use it eve in the professional music industry.

    One of the bands that create wonders with FL is Infected Mushrooms. I ADORE them. They are really talented and just can’t believe the music they make with such a simple program

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Hey, I had no idea that Infected Mushroom uses Fruit Loops! Theiir music is really great, so it just goes to show what you can acheive with such software.

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  3. Dave Sweney

    Hi Marcus,

    Thanks for a good summing up of the best electronic music software on the market today! I use the same one that is youer favorite, although I have far too little time to get into it as you obviously have!

    Right now we are selecting music for some videos we have created for our new business called “Memories In A Box” and such music is close to what I just heard (listened to the first of your tracks above)…

    We need something that is what the Germans call an “Ear Worm” meaning that it has to catch the attention of the listener and make them think of our site/service when they hear it again…

    Have you done anything professionally with the propeller electronic music software? As in making audio for videos, or perhaps an album, or similar? I am sure there is a market for such things…

    What are the prices like between your preferred software and the others? I did have a look at them as well since I was here on the page, they seem to also have promise…

    One muso to another, music is a centerpiece of my life…I spend a lot of time with other musos here in Dubai, they are a good lot! Cheers and thanks for your effort putting this page together – you got talent man!

    Cheers!
    Dave : )

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Hi Dave!

      No, I have never made music professionally. I like the idea of keeping it as a fun thing.

      I have used various other music programs over the years, but nothing has ever come close to Reason. Although there are some cheaper music programs, none of them seem quite as good as Reason, so it is really worth the price in my opinion, because you are really getting a full music studio in software form.

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  4. Paul C

    This is a great layout of some excellent programs in the industry right now. I personally have used Fruity Loops the most and can’t say enough about its ease of use.
    I’ve also used Ableton with success. However I was a little thrown off after being used to the other interface. Sometimes it comes down to a visual preference as opposed to a performance program. Depends on your use I suppose. Great page here, thanks!

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Thank you again, Paul. You are right, sometimes it is all about the visual interface.

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  5. Pete Williams

    Het Marcus.

    I’m Looking for some software that will help me track down guitar in my home studio. I’m still using a Yamaha AW2816 mixer and it’s been great over the years to lay down tracks and mix.

    This might same like ancient technology to you, so I want to replace this using my P.C and get up to date. I’ve used Cubase & Pro Tools at music Tech College but there’s so much more available on the market now.

    Which do you think is the hands down best buy? and will I need a soundcard to set this up on my P.C?

    Would appreciate your opinion to help me set up.

    Nice one,

    Very best,
    Pete.

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      To record the guitar into the computer, these days you can buy USB guitar cables. As for the software, Propellerhead Reason is so versatile, you can record your guitar on there too, and build a song around that. It even has various effects for guitar, such as distortion and guitar amp emulators.

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  6. Cj

    Hi Marcus,

    I have really enjoyed this post of yours. The thing that I’ve enjoyed the most is the fact that you incorporate videos in you post. I think that, in my opinion, is really a seller! It really helps to be able to listen to a song that was made with this program.

    I would just like to know, what are the price for a program like this? If it is for free, where can I download it?

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Well, Propellerhead Reason costs over $400, but you can get it a bit cheaper if you look on eBay or Amazon.

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  7. Dave

    You have some great information here on the software for creating music. Unfortunately, I am one of them musically challenged people. I don’t know if I could carry a tune if I had step by step instructions in front of me. So with that being said. What would you suggest for person that has challenges like myself that wants to get into creating music?

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      You could actually try using a program called Acid. That enables you to build up a piece of music from loops.

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  8. Tiago Epalanga

    Hello Marcus!

    Great post!
    Music is my world! I make music as well but my style is more like Hip Hop and R&B!
    As for the Best Electronic Music software I find quite difficult to chose one or perhaps is very relative! I particularly started making music back in 2006 and the only software I used and still use is FL Studio, but I want to try another record related SW Like Pro Tools or Propellerhead Reason (more into Reason actually), because I am very influenced by a singer that uses and always worked with the same program as well from day one (Stromae)!

    Best Regards!

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Well, I highly recommend Reason. It does everything I need it to do.

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  9. Kaz Baker

    Hey Marcus,
    Quick question regarding the use of these applications, what would the likes of Deadmau5 and Kelvin Harris used for their music composition? Would they use software that is similar to the ones as detailed above?
    Kind Regards,
    Kaz

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    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Hey Kaz,

      According to a YouTube interview, the main software Deadmau5 uses is Ableton Live. I have tried out the free Lite version of it because it came free with my audio interface, but I haven’t been able to quite get used to using it yet. I still prefer Reason. As for Calvin Harris, apparently he uses Logic, which I’ve never actually used. So it just goes to show, everyone is different.

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