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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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    Logic Pro: Customisation & Project Navigation

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    Be bold and take full advantage of Logic’s incredible customisation features.

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    Avid MBOX Studio audio interface pro tools monitor controller DSP effects re-amp

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    Versatile feature-packed desktop interface

    The MBOX Studio from Avid combines a 21 in / 22 out audio interface with monitor control, cue mixing facilities, DSP effects, and built-in re-amping functionality. 

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    Bitwig Studio Spectral Suite effects processing add-on plug-in

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    DAW gains spectral processing tools

    Spectral Suite includes four spectral audio effects devices which offer users of Bitwig Studio a new level of mixing and sound design functionality.

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    Soundation Beatmaker online collaborative sequencer sampler DAW

    Soundation launch Beatmaker

    Collaborative online production platform

    Beatmaker from Soundation is a new online sequencer and sampler which allows users to collaborate in real time via their internet browser.

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    Cubase: Creating Vocal Doubles & Harmonies | Audio Examples

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    Cubase: Creating Vocal Doubles & Harmonies

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    Want to generate vocal doubles or harmonies based on a lead vocal? Cubase 12 has all the tools you will need.

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    Logic Pro: Naming Tracks, Buses & Regions

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    Using custom names for tracks, buses and regions will help organise your Logic Pro sessions.

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    Pro Tools: Solo Modes

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    Is it time you ventured beyond the default solo modes?

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    Studio One: Presence XT

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    Studio One's virtual instrument Presence XT comes with a huge array of sounds, and many ways to mangle them.

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    PreSonus Studio One 6 DAW software upgrade update

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    The latest version of Studio One introduces a host of new features and enhancements, including new Smart Templates, advanced mixer functions and a customisable user interface. 

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    Avid Pro Tools 2022.9 update DAW ARA Melodyne support

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    The latest Pro Tools update introduces ARA integration with Celemony's Melodyne along with Aux I/O, a new feature that allows Mac users to use multiple I/O sources simultaneously.

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    Audacity 3.2 Update free audio editing software

    Audacity 3.2 released

    Real-time effects and non-destructive editing capabilities

    Audacity's latest update brings a host of features that see the software take a step towards becoming a fully fledged DAW.

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    Audiomovers Omnibus

    Audiomovers launch Omnibus

    Offering seamless audio routing options for Mac

    Exclusive to Mac, Omnibus allows audio routing between applications and can combine multiple audio sources into a virtual input.

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    Prepping Vocals In Cubase

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    The latest iteration of VariAudio includes all the tools you need to get vocals in shape for mixing.

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    Logic Mixer Modes

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    Logic’s Mixer Modes help you navigate even the most complex projects.

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    Pro Tools: Using Sends

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    Getting the most from aux sends requires you to understand how they work!

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    Reason: Exploring BV‑X Multimode Vocoder

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    Studio One: Melodyne Essential

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    Included with Studio One Professional, Melodyne Essential has (almost) all the time‑ and pitch‑correction power you’ll ever need!

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