Most Popular Mac DAWs 2017

Most Popular Mac 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 DAWs among users who indicated that Mac is their preferred operating system for mixing and recording music (as opposed to Windows, iOS, or Android). Logic Pro is the most popular Mac DAW among our survey respondents; 53% of Mac users have used Logic Pro within the past year.

Note: Multiple versions or variations of a single DAW are analyzed and ranked as a single DAW in this table. For example: Pro Tools, Pro Tools First, and Pro Tools HD are all combined as simply "Pro Tools" in the table below.

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RankDAWPopularityOSPricingFree Trial?
1Logic Pro
53%
Mac$199.99No
2GarageBand
39%
MacFreeNo
3Pro Tools
38%
Mac, WindowsFrom FreeYes
4Ableton Live
22%
Mac, WindowsFrom $99 CADYes
5Presonus Studio One
19%
Mac, WindowsFrom FreeNo
6Audacity
17%
Mac, Windows, LinuxFreeNo
7Steinberg Cubase
11%
Mac, WindowsFrom $99.99Yes
8Reaper
11%
Mac, WindowsFrom $60Yes
9Propellerhead Reason
9%
Mac, WindowsFrom $69Yes
10FL Studio
8%
Mac, WindowsFrom $99Yes
11MOTU Digital Performer
6%
Mac, WindowsFrom $499Yes
12Adobe Audition
4%
Mac, WindowsFrom $19.99 per monthYes
13Tracktion
2%
Mac, Windows, LinuxFrom FreeNo
14Steinberg Nuendo
1%
Mac, WindowsFrom $1900Yes
15Harrison Mixbus
1%
Mac, Windows, LinuxFrom $79No
16Ardour
1%
Mac, Windows, LinuxFreeNo

The Most Popular Mac 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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