Home Studio Recording Software

What home studio recording software do you need? Do you really need to buy loads of different software
for your home recording studio? Will one good software program have all you need to record music with your computer?

When you decide to record your own music you might think you will need a lot of different software like:

  • Soft Synths
  • Samplers
  • Effects Software
  • Dynamic Software
  • Mixing Tools
  • Mastering Tools

You can buy dedicated software that is built for a specific job like EZdrummer with software like Ezdrummer you can get great results but, you have to pay for that software.

Some of the software you can buy is worth getting and you will use often but, some of the home recording studio software isn't much better then what is included in a good DAW like Sonar, Cubase or Pro Tools.

Sonar comes with some of the best selection of software included and the software is of a very high quality.


Here is a list of some of the software that comes with Sonar x3:


  • Dimension Pro- real and synthesized instrument sounds
  • TruePianos Amber- realistic piano sounds
  • Guitar Rig 3 LE- guitar amp modeler
  • Roland V-Vocal 1.5- vocal correction and modeling
  • PX-64 Percussion Strip- 7 stage multi-effects processor
  • VX-64 Vocal Strip- 7-stage multi-effects processor
  • VC-64 Vintage Channel- channel strip, dynamics processor, EQ, and De-Esser
  • Transient Shaper- for transient dynamics
  • LP-64 EQ- linear- phase Equalizer
  • LP-64 Multiband- linear phase mastering compressor/limiter
  • Boost 11- peak limiter
  • TL-64 Tube Leveler- line driver/ leveling processor
  • Z3TA+- Waveshaping synthesizer
  • Rapture LE- wavetable synthesizer
  • Roland TTS-1 16 channel multi-timbral GM2 instrument
  • DropZone- Drag and Drop Sampler
  • DreamStation DXi- Classic Analog modelling
  • Sonitus- Dynamics and Effects Processors


As you can see from the list, with Sonar x3 you get a selection of software to record, apply effects, apply dynamics, mix and master your recordings and what I have listed isn't all of the software that is included in Sonar x3.

If you choose a different DAW like Cubase or Pro Tools you still get enough software included with the program to create pro recordings with your home studio recording software.

After you have used the software included with your DAW for a while you will know if the software suits your needs and, if not, then you can look at upgrading to dedicated software that is built for a specific job like reverb, compressor, eq or dedicated mastering software. 

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