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Studio software consists of all of the programs you use for recording, mixing and creating music. You can do all of these activities in one program when you use a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation), often called a sequencer. When you work with this kind of software, you'll see multiple tracks displayed on your screen, and you can use those to make your audio recordings with the help of an audio interface and a studio microphone. You also have the option of entering notes manually with a MIDI device. Once your audio and MIDI tracks are arranged, you can add effects (e.g. compression and reverb) and export them to an accessible file format such as WAV or MP3.
A lot of DAWs come with a starter set of effects, samples and virtual instruments, and you can endlessly expand your collection with additional plugins and sample CDs. Once you've built up a bit of a collection, you can actually create full-fledged, professional productions with just your computer. You can also input notes using traditional music notation with your average DAW software, but if you'd like to be able to produce sheet music, then you're going to need notation software. Be sure to take the time to explore our Studio & Recording category for other studio and recording products!