What is a DAW? (Digital Audio Workstation Tutorial)

Are you wondering what producers use to make
music? Well, in most cases, it’s going to be a digital
audio workstation. We’re going to show you what a typical DAW
is and what it can do so you can get started making your own music. Hey everyone, transverse audio here. To start off, DAW stands for digital audio
workstation. This is what modern audio production revolves
around. From sound effects for video games to mainstream
music, a DAW can be software, its own console, or even a configuration of hardware and software
controlled by a central computer. Typically, daw or D.A.W refers to the software
as it’s the most common form used. There many different DAWs but generally they
all have similar capabilities. You’ll be able to record your compositions,
voice, live and virtual instruments, and anything else you can think of. You can even record MIDI or musical scores
from a keyboard or MIDI controller. Basically, you can play on a keyboard or other
digital instruments and it will record the notes you played, when you play them, the
velocity, etc. You can edit everything you do in the DAW. Arrange notes in a composition, change their
pitch, their length, velocity, and pan. This can be compared to writing sheet music,
it’s just a lot easier on the DAW. Add and automate effects and filters as well
as sequencing and looping. After all the elements are pulled together
you’ll still need to mix and master what you made. You can assign audio, instruments, and effects
to tracks which can then be used to process the output of a final track or audio file. Instead of using bulky mixing boards, all
the mixing can be done on-screen in the software. You can also use plugins within the DAW. These can be software or hardware that ranges
from filters like distortion and Reverb, to synths like keyboards and virtual instruments. Two common formats of plugins are VST and AU. Each DAW handles plugins differently, so it’s
always a good idea to check what plug-in format your workstation supports. Now we’ve reached the end of the process and
it’s time to export your work. The typical DAW will be able to export to
the most common file formats you’ll need. Aside from exporting your sound effects and
tracks, you can also export midi information. So there you have it. Everything you need to know to get started
with digital audio workstations. Hope you enjoyed the video and if you have
any questions about DAWs, comment below and as always, thanks for watching.
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2 thoughts on “What is a DAW? (Digital Audio Workstation Tutorial)

  1. Now, if you want to get a DAW, check out our video about the best free daws to get started with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyjwhNLyqE0

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