At the center of your EDM production rig is your digital audio workstation (DAW) software
running on your Mac or PC. This is where you arrange your tracks and compose your music. Each DAW comes with its own array of recording, editing, sequencing and sound processing tools, and can also host third-party "plug-in" applications, extending the capabilities of the software.
It's important to note that all DAWs "sound" pretty much the same, since they're simply a means of capturing and playing back digital data. What differentiates one DAW from another is its specific workflow and features. Choose a DAW that suits your creative process. If you're doing a lot of loop-based composition, you'll want a DAW with a non-linear workflow and solid time-stretching tools. If you're a classically trained musician, you may need a DAW that displays musical notation.
Check out each of the software titles below to get a sense of how each DAW looks and feels. Once you've honed in on what works best for you, you can move on to choosing some third-party plugins that will help expand and customize your sound.