Is there a sound difference in DAW's ?

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  1. BushmasterM4

    BushmasterM4 Active Member

    Oct 12, 2007
    Ive read, where some people say that if you load up the same tracks in different DAW's on the same PC, use the same hardware and monitors and press play, each will sound different. I find it hard to believe. Anyone ever do an actual test ? Its all digital. I can see where different hardware would effect the sound. But not software. Let me know if you know anything to back up such a claim.
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Depends on the output device. Someone could be using some regular piece of software that plays the song via the Windows Kernel (which, afaik, is not bit exact) - then comparing that to some pro software which uses ASIO.

    But since most devices use ASIO, my point is moot.
  3. BushmasterM4

    BushmasterM4 Active Member

    Oct 12, 2007
    I figured it was not a valid point
  4. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Assuming these were fresh tracks, played back with no effects, etc.?

    Perhaps there's a difference in the track levels? How do you know for sure that you have the tracks set EXACTLY alike? By using meters? How do you know for sure each program is calibrated the same?
    How do you know for sure that what is considered a flat EQ in this program is the same flat EQ in the other?

    Any time anything different is done to anything, it has a more likely probability of causing a difference, than not.

    Differences in the way the software is written and the data handled could make a difference.

    Then again, someone could hear a difference in a blind test if they even THINK it's different, but it was the same. And some could not hear a difference if it was different.

    BTW, this has been asked before. Do a search, and there are even m ore lengthy arguments and answers.

  5. GeckoMusic

    GeckoMusic Guest

    If it is all digital stems with no effects, then they should be exactly the same. (I know Samplitude and Pro Tools are)

    I have head comments like "That sounds like Pro Tools." If that is the type of thing you are talking about, then I would guess that the reference is not to the way the DAW adds digital levels, but to the type of processing that is typically done in the application. For example, Pro Tools Beat Detective creates a very tight sliced audio sound. Groove Quantizing is also common on Pro Tools.

    Also the built in EQ will have it's own sound depending on how it is implemented in software.
  6. BushmasterM4

    BushmasterM4 Active Member

    Oct 12, 2007
    I did search before asking. I read opinions. I asked if there was ever a test done, professionally.
  7. Kapt.Krunch

    Kapt.Krunch Well-Known Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    That's cool. I wasn't sure if you read any of it somewhere in here. There was a fairly lengthy discussion a while back, and I'm not even sure how it resolved.

  8. SeniorFedup

    SeniorFedup Guest

    There have been comparisons
    "protools sounds pop(ish) and have a a more midrange sound

    nuendo and cubase have a great sound engine one of the best

    saw studio has an amazing clear sound"

    im senior fedup &
    i do not approve these statements

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