What is a DAW?


In this article, we'll be going over what a DAW is and its function. Along with the various DAW's that we have here on the 7th Floor and 8th Floor (804,806) in the Ansin Building.  Some work more of an engineering, while others are used more for creating music and experimenting with sound. Whether creating a Score or making sure that your mix is just right, a DAW will always be your main tool.


What is a DAW?

A DAW stands for 'Digital Audio Workstation'. A DAW is a software used for audio production and audio engineering that allows you to record live and digital sounds and edit them on a computer. It is used in audio recording, editing, MIDI editing, mixing, and mastering, among other functions. Each DAW, just like various video editing programs, has its own unique workflow and features that make them all perfect for different uses.


Pro Tools

When it comes to the media industry, Pro Tools is the industry standard for Digital Audio Workstation. This will be the workstation that you will work mostly with when it comes to audio post-production. Pro Tools comes with multiple tools for basic audio production.

The main difference between Pro Tools and other DAWs is integrated with Video and Film in mind. Create the perfect sound for your picture. Pro Tools is one of the few DAW systems that allow you to work alongside the video, making it the go-to stop for having the best control in post audio production.  It Supports multi-channel formats like 5,1, 7.1 up to Dobly Atmos to make Pro Tools the ideal application for theatrical film post-production. Integration with large format and support for multiple video files in a single timeline are among other features that make Pro Tools ideal for film post-production.



Ableton Live

With DAWs when it comes to music production, Ableton Live is one of the best tools for anyone trying to create music. Live is fast & flexible software for music creation. It comes with effects, instruments, sounds, and special creative tools to become more creative.

Create in a traditional linear arrangement (same as Pro Tools), or use the Live’s Session View to create loops and have a foundation for ideas. Move freely between musical elements and play with ideas.

(Can also be used as an Instrument / Plugin in Pro Tools)




With Reason, you'll have the best of both worlds. Within reason, you are able to work inside reason as a DAW with a large array of instruments, racks, and effects to create any sound that you can come up with. Along with this, you are able to use Reason as a plugin. You will be able to use all the tools and instruments within reason straight on to Pro Tools or Ableton, creating easy integration and more options.



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