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A DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) is a software program that allows users to record, edit, and produce audio files. It is used in many different settings, including music production, sound design, game audio, film and TV post-production, and podcasting.

Main Functions of a DAW

The main functions of modern-day Digital Audio Workstation software include:

Recording: DAWs allow users to record audio from a variety of sources, such as microphones, instruments, and MIDI controllers.

Editing: DAWs allow users to edit audio files by cutting, copying, pasting, and rearranging sections of audio. They also offer a variety of tools for cleaning up and enhancing audio, such as noise reduction, EQ, and compression.

Mixing: DAWs allow users to mix multiple audio tracks together, adjusting levels, panning, and applying effects to create a cohesive final product.

Mastering: DAWs offer tools and features for mastering audio, such as loudness normalization and EQ adjustments to ensure that the final audio product meets industry standards.

Main Benefits of using a DAW

Some of the main benefits of using a DAW include:

  • Efficiency: DAWs allow users to quickly and easily record, edit, and produce audio, saving time and effort compared to traditional analog methods.
  • Flexibility: DAWs offer a wide range of tools and features that allow users to customize their audio production process and achieve the desired results.
  • Collaboration: Many DAWs offer features that allow users to collaborate together and work on projects remotely, making it easier to work with others on audio projects like podcasts and song ideation.
  • Portability: DAWs can be used on a variety of devices, including computers, laptops, and tablets, making it easier to work on audio projects from anywhere.

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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    Universal Audio LUNA analogue emulation DAW free Mac

    Universal Audio’s LUNA DAW now free

    Available to Mac users with no hardware purchase required

    Having previously only been available to those who own Apollo interfaces, UA's LUNA DAW is now supported natively on macOS and free to all. 

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    Hit'n'Mix RipX DAW PRO AI music content creation stem separation software

    Hit’n’Mix release AI-powered RipX DAW

    Combines DeepRemix, DeepCreate and DeepAudio

    Hit’n’Mix's new DAW packages combine their existing processors and aim to provide a holistic approach to cutting-edge AI music production.

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    Logic Pro 10.8 for Mac in all its glory, seen here with the new Mastering Assistant joined by the Beat Breaker and Sample Alchemy plug-ins first introduced with Logic Pro for iPad.

    Apple release Logic Pro 10.8 for Mac & Logic Pro 1.1 for iPad

    Mastering Assistant introduced for Mac and iPad; v10.8 gets Beat Breaker and Sample Alchemy plug-ins

    Headline attraction is Mastering Assistant on both Mac and iPad. Plus, Beat Breaker and Sample Alchemy plug-ins first seen in Apple's Logic Pro for iPad have been brought to the Mac in Logic Pro 10.8.

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    Beatport Studio Plugin Boutique Loopmasters Loopcloud samples effects instruments subscription

    Beatport announce Beatport Studio service

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    Beatport Studio brings together a collection of instruments and effects from the Plugin Boutique range with the extensive sample libraries from Loopmasters and the user-friendly workflow of Loopcloud.

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    Steinberg Cubase 13 music composition production DAW update

    Steinberg unveil Cubase 13

    Overhauled MixConsole, new MIDI editing capabilities & much more

    Cubase 13 delivers a refreshed MixConsole design, expands the capabilities of the Key and Drum Editors and adds some new plug-ins, as well as reintroducing the Vocoder.

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    Atmos-capable DAWs

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

    Reviews Nov 2023
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    Apple Logic Pro For iPad

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    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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    Digital Performer: Save And Recall Clippings

    MOTU Digital Performer: Tips & Techniques

    Stay on top of your content with DP's powerful Clippings.

    Techniques Nov 2023
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    Pro Tools Sketch

    Avid Pro Tools: Tips & Techniques

    With the new Sketch window and app, Pro Tools enters the world of clip launching.

    Techniques Nov 2023
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    Studio One: Video Editing

    PreSonus Studio One: Tips & Techniques

    Studio One, from version 6 on, is now a surprisingly powerful video editor!

    Techniques Nov 2023
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    Image Line FL Studio 21.2 DAW production software update

    FL Studio 21.2 now available

    New Stem Separation function & cloud service

    Users of FL Studio can now extract drums, drums, bass, instruments and vocals from an audio file, and access a huge range of content on a new cloud-based platform.

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    n-Track Studio 10 Mac Windows iOS Android DAW recording production software

    n-Track Studio 10 DAW now available

    New sampling & effects capabilities

    Focusing on user-feedback, n-Track Studio 10 DAW implements a range of powerful new features which they say represent a game-changing experience for musicians and producers.

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    Bitwig Studio 5.1 DAW update electronic music production semi modular synthesis software

    Bitwig Studio 5.1 beta now available

    New filters, waveshapers & more

    The latest version of Bitwig Studio introduces ten new modules and a pair of new FX containers, as well as implementing a variety of improvements to the software’s mixer and audio editing functionality.

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    Cockos Reaper 7 DAW update

    Cockos launch Reaper 7

    New Track Lanes & Swipe Comping features

    The latest version of Reaper delivers a number of major new features and user interface enhancements, along with a huge selection of behind-the-scenes fixes and improvements.

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    Logic Pro: Creating Effects Macros

    Apple Logic Pro: Tips & Techniques

    Logic’s Smart Controls allow you to create hands‑on effects macros.

    Techniques Oct 2023
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    Pro Tools: Metering Options

    Avid Pro Tools: Tips & Techniques

    Pro Tools’ metering options can help you stay on top of your levels.

    Techniques Oct 2023
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    Reaper: Using Tracks’ Internal Channels

    Reaper: Tips & Tricks

    Any Reaper track can have up to 64 channels, and even in stereo mix projects that opens up a vast world of routing possibilities.

    Techniques Oct 2023
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    Reason Objekt Synthesizer

    Physical Modelling Synthesizer

    Reason’s new Objekt synth takes physical modelling in a new direction.

    Techniques Oct 2023
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    Studio One: Using Bend Markers

    PreSonus Studio One: Tips & Techniques

    Bend Markers let you manipulate your audio timing with ease.

    Techniques Oct 2023
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    Cubase: Exploring The Project Logical Editor

    Steinberg Cubase: Tips & Tricks

    Embrace the power of Cubase’s Project Logical Editor, and you can become a workflow ninja!

    Techniques Oct 2023
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    DAWproject file format Bitwig PreSonus Studio One share projects

    Bitwig and PreSonus’ new DAWproject format

    Transfer project files between DAWs

    Bitwig and PreSonus have announced a new project file format that allows users of different DAWs to share session files.

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