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DAW Software

A DAW, which stands for Digital Audio Workstation, is a software tool that enables users to capture, modify, and create audio content. It is utilised in various contexts such as music production, sound design, game audio, film and TV post-production, and podcasting.

Primary uses of a DAW

The primary purposes of contemporary Digital Audio Workstation software comprise: 

Recording: All DAWs enable users to capture audio from different sources like microphones, instruments, and MIDI controllers using an Audio Interface connected to the computer.

Editing:  DAWs enable users to cut, copy, paste, and rearrange sections of audio files. They also provide a range of tools for improving the quality of audio, including noise reduction, EQ, and compression.

Mixing: Digital Audio Workstations enable users to blend various audio tracks, modifying volumes, positioning, and adding effects to produce a unified end result.

Mastering: Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) provide features like loudness normalisation and EQ adjustments to ensure the final audio meets industry standards.

Advantages of utilising a Digital Audio Workstation

Efficiency: DAWs enable users to efficiently record, edit, and produce audio with ease, cutting down on time and effort when compared to traditional analogue techniques.

Flexibility: DAWs offer a wide range of tools and features that allow users to customise their audio production process and achieve the desired results.

Collaboration: Numerous DAWs provide tools that enable users to work together and collaborate on projects from different locations, simplifying the process of collaborating on audio projects such as podcasts and song creation.

Portability: Digital Audio Workstations are compatible with different devices such as desktop computers (Mac/PC) , laptops and tablets, allowing users to work on audio projects conveniently from any location.

There are many popular software DAWs, some of which come built into the Operating System of your favourite computer, such as Apple GarageBand on Macs. Sound On Sound regularly covers all the top brands in its monthly DAW Masterclasses. From Steinberg Cubase and Avid Pro Tools, PreSonus Studio One and Apple Logic Pro, MOTU Digital Performer to Ableton Live, Reason Studios Reason and Cockos Reaper, you'll find how-to techniques and tips for all of these and other DAWs collected under the sections shown above.

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    Hit’n’Mix RipX DAW PRO

    Source Separation & Audio Processing Software

    RipX PRO offers high‑quality stem separation and an intriguing suite of tools for audio editing.

    Reviews May 2024
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    Bitwig Studio 5.1

    Music Production Software

    Bitwig goes from strength to strength as v5.1 introduces a host of new features.

    Reviews Apr 2024
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    Steinberg Cubasis 3.6

    DAW Software For iOS & Android

    Steinberg’s mobile DAW just keeps getting better.

    Reviews Mar 2024
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    Ableton Live 12

    DAW Software

    Live 12 introduces a raft of new features, devices and general improvements.

    Reviews Feb 2024
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    Avid Pro Tools 2023.9

    Music Production Software

    Pro Tools users can now join the clip‑launching party without leaving the comfort of their favourite DAW.

    Reviews Dec 2023
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    PreSonus Studio One 6.5

    Digital Audio Workstation

    The latest update to PreSonus’ top of the line DAW introduces comprehensive Dolby Atmos integration and more besides.

    Reviews Dec 2023
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    Steinberg Cubase Pro 13

    Digital Audio Workstation

    Cubase Pro 13 may be light on headline features, but its raft of small improvements makes it a worthwhile upgrade.

    Reviews Dec 2023
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    Atmos-capable DAWs

    Spotlight Round-up

    Want to mix in Atmos? We take a look at compatible DAWs.

    Reviews Nov 2023
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    Apple Logic Pro For iPad

    Digital Audio Workstation Software

    With their iPad version of Logic Pro, have Apple succeeded in implementing a touch‑first user interface without sacrificing pro features?

    Reviews Nov 2023
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    Ableton Note

    Sketchpad App For iOS

    Ableton’s first app puts a Live‑compatible ideas machine in the palm of your hand.

    Reviews Dec 2022
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    PreSonus Studio One 6

    Digital Audio Workstation

    PreSonus’ DAW software continues to grow and improve as it reaches version 6.

    Reviews Dec 2022
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    Pro Tools Intro & 2022.9 Features

    Avid Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

    Avid’s latest 2022.9 release introduces a new free edition of Pro Tools.

    Reviews Dec 2022
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    Avid Pro Tools Artist

    DAW Software

    Is the most affordable version of Avid’s DAW still a serious music production tool?

    Reviews Aug 2022
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    Steinberg Cubase Pro 12

    Music Production Software

    Cubase gains new features and dispenses with the dongle.

    Reviews May 2022
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    Apple Logic Pro 10.7

    Music Production Software

    Could a small step for Logic’s version number represent a giant leap for music production?

    Reviews Feb 2022
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    MOTU Digital Performer 11

    Digital Audio Workstation

    DP11 might not be any louder than DP10, but it’s got plenty more to offer.

    Reviews Jan 2022
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    Reason Studios Reason 12

    Music Production Software

    There are now two ways to buy Reason, but whichever you choose, v12 is an essential upgrade.

    Reviews Jan 2022
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    Bitwig Studio 4

    Music Production Software

    Bitwig continues to blur the boundaries between instrument and DAW, while offering some welcome practical enhancements.

    Reviews Nov 2021
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    Steinberg Cubasis 3.2

    DAW For iOS & Android

    Steinberg’s mobile DAW just got even better!

    Reviews May 2021
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    Ableton Live 11

    Music Production Software

    Live 11 introduces new features, improves some old ones, and throws in some exciting new rack devices for good measure.

    Reviews Mar 2021
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    Image Line FL Studio 20.8

    Digital Audio Workstation

    Famed for its speed of use, the latest version of FL Studio is a highly sophisticated music production environment.

    Reviews Mar 2021

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