Most Popular Free DAWs 2017

Most Popular Free DAWs 2017

Published July 6, 2017

Data in this report are drawn from the AudioSkills 2017 DAW Survey, conducted June 27 – July 2, 2017. (Click here to learn more about this survey)

The following table displays the most popular free DAWs in the survey. GarageBand is the most popular free DAW among our survey respondents; 24% of all DAW users have used GarageBand within the past year.

For those DAWs that offer both free and paid versions, only the data for the free version is included in this table.

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RankDAWPopularityOSPricingPaid Version Available?
1GarageBand
24%
MacFreeNo
2Audacity
22%
Mac, Windows, LinuxFreeNo
3Pro Tools First
4%
Mac, WindowsFreeYes
4Presonus Studio One Prime
2%
Mac, WindowsFreeYes
5Tracktion T5
1%
Mac, Windows, LinuxFreeYes
6Ardour
1%
Mac, Windows, LinuxFreeNo

The Most Popular Free DAWs 2017

Survey Methodology

Our data was collected from a survey we sent to our email subscribers. The AudioSkills 2017 DAW Survey accepted responses June 27 – July 2, 2017. The survey respondents are located predominantly in the United States, and have expressed a prior interest in home recording, mixing, mastering, or music production.

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