Everyone knows Skrillex for his unique and hyping style of dubstep.
The kind of music DJ Sonny John Moore produces is one of the most complex genres to compose. However, he manages to pull it off in a way that makes it sound so smooth.
Skrillex is, without a doubt, one of the greatest producers of all time. When I first listened to his music, I was dumbfounded. A million questions popped into my head: How did he do that? What software does he use?
As it turns out, there’s a lot of DAW magic going on.
So, what DAW does Skillrex use, and what’s so good about it? Let's find out!
Just before we go through Skrillex’s setup, let me briefly take you through what a DAW is, what it does, and some of the best DAWs you can choose from.
DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation, and it happens to be the first and most important tool for every music producer around the globe.
Without getting into complicated jargon, a Digital Audio Workstation is computer software that allows you to record, edit, mix and combine multiple tracks to come up with a final audio file.
In a way, it’s both a sequencer and recording software that gives you MIDI tracks.
Some of the most commonly used Digital Audio Workstations are Ableton Live, Cubase, Reaper, Logic Pro, and FL Studio.
Just like most top producers, Skrillex doesn’t just use one DAW. It’s a more complex setup than the average listener would expect it to be.
However, his main choice of software is Ableton’s Live.
It’s a very understandable choice when you think about it. After all, Live offers a complete integrated studio experience with a fluid and intuitive user interface. This can help the producer try things out during the brainstorming phase.
For Skrillex, the huge range of plugins that Ableton offers is a major plus. It enhances the functionality by bringing a lot of effects closer to your fingertips.
Skrillex believes that Ableton Live is a great DAW for Mac OS notebooks.
So, if you’re an Apple user who’s still making your way in the field of music production. This can give you a small hint of what DAW to consider.
Keep in mind that Ableton offers the software in three different packages to suit both beginners and professionals.
Another DAW that Skrillex uses is Pro Tools by Avid, which is an all-around good software, but for Skrillex, Ableton is the go-to.
While you don’t have to mimic Skrillex’s choices to create great music, it helps to consider his experience and opinions.
For Skrillex, and after a long journey in the world of music production, Ableton Live is a must-have.
Maybe it could be your favorite too.
Just remember that good software alone will only take you so far in the music industry. You’ll need loads and loads of practice to go along with that.