Most Popular Windows DAWs 2017

Most Popular Windows DAWs

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 Windows is their preferred operating system for mixing and recording music (as opposed to Mac, iOS, or Android). Audacity is the most popular Windows DAW among our survey respondents; 25% of Windows users have used Audacity 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?
1Audacity
25%
Mac, Windows, LinuxFreeNo
2Pro Tools
25%
Mac, WindowsFrom FreeYes
3Presonus Studio One
23%
Mac, WindowsFrom FreeNo
4Cakewalk SONAR
22%
WindowsFrom $49Yes
5Steinberg Cubase
21%
Mac, WindowsFrom $99.99Yes
6Reaper
19%
Mac, WindowsFrom $60Yes
7Ableton Live
14%
Mac, WindowsFrom $99 CADYes
8FL Studio
13%
Mac, WindowsFrom $99Yes
9Adobe Audition
10%
Mac, WindowsFrom $19.99 per monthYes
10Propellerhead Reason
9%
Mac, WindowsFrom $69Yes
11Acoustica Mixcraft
5%
WindowsFrom $49.99Yes
11Tracktion
5%
Mac, Windows, LinuxFrom FreeNo
13Magix Samplitude
2%
WindowsFrom $599Yes
14Magix ACID Pro
2%
WindowsFrom $59.95Yes
15Steinberg Nuendo
2%
Mac, WindowsFrom $1900Yes
16Ardour
1%
Mac, Windows, LinuxFreeNo
16MOTU Digital Performer
1%
Mac, WindowsFrom $499Yes
18Harrison Mixbus
1%
Mac, Windows, LinuxFrom $79Yes

The Most Popular Windows 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.

Click here to learn more about our methodology

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