Well, I have to say this: no DAW is superior to its competitors.
It’s just a matter of taste – the best DAW is the one YOU feel most comfortable working with.
Sure, everyone will vouch for their favorite music making software saying that it’s the only choice for this or that type of music. But like I said, it’s all just a matter of taste and preference.
What you need to do is to download the demos and test them thoroughly. That’s the only way to find out which DAW will work best for you.
However, I’ve been in the electronic music scene for some time now, and IMO there seem to be 4 pieces of software that electronic music producers favor quite a lot.
Logic Pro (only for Mac) and Ableton Live are probably two of the most popular DAWs in many professional electronic music studios and used but a majority of well-known artists. The other 2 being FL Studio & Reason , which still get used quite a bit by music producers.
So, if you’re going demo any software, I would suggest you start with those 4 DAWs first.
Which One Do I Prefer?
I’m glad you asked.
I use FL Studio and have been for over 10 years now. I also know a lot of popular producers use FL Studio.
EDIT: As with anything, you can’t be 100% sure with these “who’s using what DAW” – type of things. Only the producer can tell you for sure. I base the following “claims” on what I’ve read online through various sources:
BT, 9th Wonder, Boi-1da, Basshunter, Deadmau5 (EDIT: FL at least to some extent (?) alongside with Ableton Live and other DAWs), Mike Oldfield, Tim Berg (AVICII), Afrojack, and Audiojack to name a few.
FL was also voted as best DAW by MusicRadar users more than once, and I could give you a thousand reasons why FL Studio is my go-to choice, but that would just be my opinion.
It may work for me but not for you.
I also use Ableton Live (very little though). A lot of DJs use Ableton on stage (and for podcasts, etc.) so it’s an awesome “live” tool, but can be very good for music production as well.
Many big name artists use Ableton Live for production: Daft Punk, David Guetta, Gabriel & Dresden, Pete Tong, Rennie Pilgrem, Richie Hawtin, Sasha, Skrillex, Knife Party, Armin Van Buuren (alongside with Logic Pro) and the list goes on and on.
ADDITION: it doesn’t matter who’s using what, what’s important is what YOU feel comfortable working with
Even More Options…
Reason is popular too. But there’s one major flaw in Reason: it doesn’t support VST which is standard in most modern DAWs. That means you’re not able to use any additional virtual synth plugins or effects in it. However, it does have some pretty good synths and effects built in so you can create high-quality electronic music with it.
Then there’s Cubase, which is one of the oldest DAWs and still widely used, as well as Pro Tools which is broadly used by professionals throughout the audio industry for recording and editing audio, film scoring, film, and television post production.
As you can see, there’s quite a lot of choices. I would suggest sticking with the first 4 I mentioned, as a place to start. You can branch off to the others after you’ve give those 4 a try. Just simply download the demo trials and get to testing.
Once you find one that works for you, learn it inside out.
That’s the best DAW!