7. Best for serious sequencing: Steinberg Cubase 6.5

Like GarageBand with very ornate knobs on, this ups the ante for the serious artist, offering high-end multi-track recording, arranging and editing options as part of a digital audio workstation (DAW). Files of all kinds can be converted to the Red Book standard to burn to CD, or converted to MP3 for web publishing.

As used by: Zombie Nation I Price: £508 I Steinberg.net