The Development of Digital Audio Workstations

1408 Words Jun 22nd, 2018 6 Pages
When it comes to recording in a modern day environment DAW’s (digital audio workstation) are an essential piece of equipment if professional standard results are desired. Although DAW’s are considered a modern technological advancement the first attempt at a DAW was in 1977 and it came from Dr. Tom Stockham’s Soundstream (See references for full description) digital system. It had very powerful editing capabilities and for its time a very advanced crossfader but was still primitive compared to today’s standard. At this moment there are 100’s of DAW’s on the market but arguably there some obvious leaders. Avid’s Pro Tools has been the go to DAW for any professional studio for the past 20 years and although there have been rumors of Avid …show more content…
EVP is a fairly basic synth that has 3 model parameters that affect whatever model is selected at the time. It also has a basic EQ and a selection of effects to apply to the selected model. Up to 88 voices are available as are stretch parameters that effect the tuning of the integrated equal-tempered scale. All of this makes for a basic yet effective synth considering it comes with the Logic upon opening. Ableton has a wide selection of built in synths to choose from that are categorized into groups based upon their individual synthesis. 10 Saw Lead emulates a fairly typical saw synth, being a saw wave based synth it is very loud and clear and is made by adding a series of sine waves together at different frequencies. Compared to Logic there are a more parameters and a routing section making for a more advanced synth. Up to 36 voices are available but there is no EQ local to the synth itself and as far as user experience is concerned the unimaginative design and abundance of buttons make it more daunting than Logic’s simple design.

Automation can be a very useful tool when creatively so a user may rely on a DAW to provided an easy and effective experience. Ableton answer to this very simple, from the click of a button a automation line may be drawn on any given track of choice free hand. This can be done for MIDI and audio effortlessly and also allows for voltage controlled, moving fader and software-controlled automation. Automation can also be applied to any
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