What DAW Software Did Avicii Use?

The music was shocked by the sad passing of Avicii in 2018.

From 2011 – 2017, he released multiple chart-topping singles that topped the charts in many countries.

This made him the attention of many, and his releases got certified in Europe, the USA, and Australia.

His smash single, Wake Me Up, sold over 11 million copies worldwide.

Making it one of the most popular singles ever.

Another single of his, Levels, sold 5 million copies.

He worked with many artists, including Leona Lewis, Santana, David Guetta, and Wyclef Jean.

In this article, I will look at the hardware and software that he used to make his chart smashing singles and songs.

If you are an Avicii fan and you have always aspired to create music that sounds like his style, then read on.

What DAW Software Did Avicii Use?

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To start with the DAW software that Avicii was known most for using was FL Studio.

It’s pretty much at the heart of everything he released.

To go with that he used a ton of plugins as well, such as Sylenth, Nexus 2, 4Front, TruePianos, Cakewalk Z3TA+, Audiobro LA Scoring Strings, Native Instruments Kontakt 5, Native Instruments Massive, and more.

He also uses the effects from FL Studio, such as the Fruity Delay Bank, as well as non-native effects from the likes of the Kjaerhus Audio Classic Master Limiter.

But, like many other producers, Avicii also used other DAWs to get the job done.

These included Avid Pro Tools and Steinberg Cubase Pro.

He ran all of this off a MacBook Pro 15” computer.

After all, MacBooks and Apple hardware are well known to be great for music production.

What Gear / Studio Setup Did Avicii Have?

What Gear and Studio Setup Does Avicii Have

In the studio, Avicii used two sets of studio monitors.

These were the Genelec 8040 and the KRK VXT8 Active Studio Monitor.

To make sure what he produced sounded great for everyone he would use several different pairs of headphones for testing.

He particularly liked brands like Sennheiser, Pioneer, and V-Moda.

The pairs of headphones that he liked to use were V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Over-Ear headphones, V-MODA Crossfade LP2 headphones, Sennheiser HD25-1 II Basic Editions, Pioneer Pro DJ HDJ-2000MK2-S DJ headphones, Sennheiser HD 800 Reference Dynamic headphones, and Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Professional headphones.

When it came to DJ hardware, no matter if it was music-making in the studio, performing at an event, or in a club, he had hardware that could handle it.

This included a Numark DXM01 USB DJ Mixer, a Pioneer DJ CDJ-2000NXS2 Professional Multi-Player, and a Pioneer DJ DJM-350 2-Channel DJ Performance Mixer.

Synthesizers and keyboards were a big part of Avicii’s sound and setup.

He was known to use several different types of keyboards in his work.

This included an Akai Professional MPK49, an M-Audio Keystation 88 II, an Akai Professional MPK249, an M-Audio Axiom 61 61-Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller and an M-Audio Keystation 88 II as well as a Moog Subsequent 37.

Lastly, he was also known to use a Teenage Engineering OP-1 Mini Synthesizer.


Here you have a small amount of hardware and software that Avicii was known to use to make his bestselling singles and hits.

There’s plenty here for both budding producers and those of you who are more established to look at.

Whether you want to emulate Avicii in your style to pay tribute or if you want to know how his songs were structured and what software or plugins were used, chances are you will find it here.

Avicii, gone too soon and never forgotten – rest in peace, king. 

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