Here we are at the end of 2014, a year in which most music software received important updates and new versions focused on a better workflow. For most music software developers 2014 was the year that they have consolidated their products and market position. Read briefly what happened:
Propellerhead released Reason 8 with a faster and easier interface, with a whole new look and numerous workflow enhancements.
The new entry of this year was Bitwig Studio, a new music software on market which has already received several updates in this winter, becoming increasingly more complex. If you want to read a more detailed review about Bitwig Studio please check this link: Bitwig Studio Review, written by one of our authors, Rafael Hofstadter.
Image-Line announced FL Studio 12 but just in beta version for now. FL Studio 12 will be “vectorial”, this mean that will always fit on any screen size or resolution you use. If you want to test the new program you can become a beta tester at their website (Image-Line.com). If already own FL Studio you will get the new version for free when it will be officially launched. FL Studio 11 brings some new improvements and features such as performance mode, new synths, new effects and multitouch support.
SampleTank 3 by IK Multimedia was launched this year and has been completely rebuilt from the ground. With new sound set, fully redesigned easy-to-use interface, new filters and new live mode, SampleTank 3 is one of the most pleasant surprises this year.
Ableton Live brings new features: added control surface support for Akai APC40 MKII, APC Key 25, APC mini and improved readability of text in clips, tracks, chains and macro controls.
If you are looking for an affordable music software then Cockos Reaper is a great choice. Version 4 brings new features including pitch envelopes, surround sound support and an improved, skinnable interface. Reaper is available for just $60 (discounted license), a reasonable price compared with other DAWs with similar features.
Apple has consolidated their music software, Logic Pro with some significant features, a redesigned interface, the Drummer plugins, Flex Ptich and add MIDI effects. Also GarageBand get a new update in fall of 2014 (GarageBand V10.0.3). Some new features added: support for OS X Yosemtie, more detailed control over the sound of your tracks, new voice tempalte for easy vocal recordings and many more features.
Steinberg also released in December Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8 which combine best audio quality and smooth operation with a sheer endless number of advanced audio and MIDI tools for composition, recording, editing and mixing. Cubase has been and will be one of the most used music software by professional sound engineers worldwide.
That would be a short presentation about what happened this year on the DAWs market. I did not go into many details because I already wrote this on the website when I posted news about each program and each update separately in the Software section. Feel free to add your comment if you have to add something to this post or if you have any question.
Also check: Best Free VST/AU Plugins Released in 2014