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The Basics of Music Production - DAWs

Anthony Lee Winns Jr

An alumnus of Old Dominion University, Anthony Lee Winns Jr. has been working as an IT specialist in Washington, DC, since 2009. Aside from attending to his professional obligations, Anthony Lee Winns Jr. pursues an interest in music production.

One of the staple components needed for music production is a digital audio workstation, or DAW. This type of system is specially designed for mixing, recording, and editing digital audio. Unlike an audio editor, DAWs let users mix together and work on multiple audio files at once.

There are two basic types of DAWs: software-based DAWs and standalone DAWs. Software DAWs are capable of being installed and used on most standard computers. These include such DAWs as Avid Pro Tools, Apple Logic Pro, or Steinberg Cubase. Typically, these DAWs are used on a personal computer running Mac, Linux, or Windows operating systems. In some cases, computers may also come with software DAWs pre-installed, as is the case with Garageband on Macs. Anthony Winns Jr uses both software and standalone DAWs.
With DAW software, users gain access to a MIDI sequencer, digital audio processor, music notation editor, and virtual instruments. In the past, these programs were separate from one another, but most modern software-based DAWs bundle the four program functions together.
Standalone systems function as a DAW on their own. Such systems often look like a mixer with a screen.

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