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  • Thanks for the suggestions; I think I will try Cakewalk out since there's nothing to lose. I already started a tutorial on youtube and it seems rather intuitive. 
    michael diemer said:

    I think a lot depends on whether you work with notes, or are comfortable with PRV (piano roll view). If PRV is what you prefer, you can use many DAWS, including Cakewalk, Cubase and Reaper. If you need contact with actual notes, Cakewalk, cubase and Digital Performer are best. I cannot comment on FL as I have not used it. I use Cakewalk, which has a great score view, which functions more as an editor than true notation. I have always worked with notes, so I needed a DAW that has this. Cakewalk's is great because it lets you select, copy and paste an infinitely long section of notes, over as many measures as you like. Whereas cubase only lets you select what you can actually see. Other than that, Cubase is a great midi editor. Both Cakewalk and Reaper also have excellent Event Lists, where you can make various adjustments to notes. Reaper is hard to configure, however. It has a steep learning curve.

    If just starting out, you might want to check out Cakewalk (now by Bandlab). Especially considering considering that it's 100% free. and updated regularly. If that doesn't work out, at least you have not lost any money, and you have cut your teeth on your first DAW.

    Good luck!

    Which DAW is best for MIDI composers?
    My research suggests that FL Studios is the best DAW for MIDI composers. What are your thoughts? What DAW/DAWS do you use and what are the advantages…
  •  Older post I know, but I'm going to take a stab at an answer.

    People are very opinionated about which DAW they think is best for any given task. Most of them will do a little bit of everything.

    My "research" has mostly been through the use of different DAWS over time. Granted, I don't make huge mixes and am instead a hobbyist composer who does this for fun. Having said that, I take my hobby seriously so I have a handful of DAWs. 

    If you were able to learn the DAW you first used to accomplish a composition task, chances are very high that it it still the one you prefer, most composers begin a certain DAW because it might have been what the teacher or school used or they were led to believe that for compatibility sake one should stay with a certain DAW. People tend to gravitate to these things for a number of reasons, none of which would solidify the thinking that the tools are any better or worse. We all have our preferences and beliefs here led by our exposure and first hand experiences.

    No MIDI stays as MIDI in any DAW so you also need to consider how the subsequent audio is handled. 

    I will give you my biased and opinionated view. For deep complex MIDI work Cubase is number one for those who mostly compose for any kind of video work. This is mainly because the way you can edit and manipulate the MIDI are more extensive. Most composers will never need even half of what it can do in order to accomplish their work.

    That doesn't mean composers aren't using Logic ( or any other DAW) and exporting to Cubase at work because many do just that. For general  MIDI work most any DAW  will do. I have Ableton Live 10, Cakewalk, Studio One 4 PRO, Notion, ACID, Sound Forge, Mixcraft Pro 8. I had Traktion installed on my computer but have since removed it due to lack of use.

    Cakewalk began life years ago as a MIDI sequencer and I would rate it second in that capability to Cubase and best value because it was once 499.00 american to buy and since the company was bought it is FREE.

    This is really a circular discussion because there really isn't a "best" in terms of overall capability, only a "best" in terms of what you need the DAW to accomplish. Most of them can do 99% or everything the others can. If you need or prefer the 1% difference because of how you work, this will determine what you will use IF you can get past the bias you already have about it.

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