Shootout: 7 Pro Audio Software Products Rated

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Digital Music Doctor has released a new analysis which compares seven of the most popular Digital Audio Workstation software products from Avid, Steinberg, Cakewalk, MOTU, Apple, Ableton and Image Line. This analysis is an update of an ongoing study and now includes ratings for the recently released Sonar X2, Digital Performer 8 and Cubase 7.

Digital Music Doctor has released a new analysis which compares seven of the most popular Digital Audio Workstation software products from Avid, Steinberg, Cakewalk, MOTU, Apple, Ableton and Image Line. This analysis is an update of an ongoing study and now includes ratings for the recently released Sonar X2, Digital Performer 8 and Cubase 7. The analysis measures these products based on two ratings, an overall functional rating and a value ratio that measures which products provide the most value for the money. Although the new features in these products resulted in some minor adjustments to the ratings, the overall outcome of the analysis did not change: Cubase 7 remains the leader in functionality and FL Studio 10 Producer Edition continues to provide the best value.

PRODUCT RANK (FUNCTIONAL RATING)
1 - Cubase 7 (4.7)
2 - Sonar X2 (4.4)
3 - Logic Pro 9 (4.3)
4 - Digital Performer 8 (3.8)
5 - Pro Tools 10 (3.6)
6 - Live 8 (3.1)
6 - FL Studio 10 (3.1)

PRODUCT RANK (VALUE RATIO)
1 - FL Studio 10 (1.56)
3 - Sonar X2 (0.88)
2 - Cubase 7 (0.94)
4 - Logic Pro 9 (0.86)
5 - Digital Performer 8 (0.76)
6 - Live 8 (0.69)
7 - Pro Tools 10 (0.52)

The functional rating evaluates 130 different factors on a scale of 0-5 (5 being best) which are combined to arrive at an overall rating. The second metric of the analysis is the value ratio which is the ratio of the overall functional rating divided by the representative dealer price. Each main category of the functional rating has several subcategories which provide overall ratings for such functions as Mixing & Mastering, MIDI Editors, and Loops & Remix. The analysis also includes an explanation for each rating as well as a description of what a particular function is and why it is important.

This analysis is based on the materials used in the video training courses produced by Digital Music Doctor for Avid Pro Tools, Cakewalk Sonar, Steinberg Cubase, MOTU Digital Performer, Apple Logic Pro, Image Line FL Studio and Ableton Live. The complete analysis is available at the Digital Music Doctor web site: http://www.digitalmusicdoctor.com/shootout/

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