What is DAW?

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  1. Hannibal

    Hannibal Guest

    Hi everyone. I'm a newbie to the computer apps, and have seen and heard people speak of DAW. I've looked in the "Handbook for Sound Engineers", and can't find a definition for the abbreviation. Can anyone shed some light for me. Thank you
  2. Heptade21

    Heptade21 Guest

    DAW stand for Digital Audio Workstation
  3. Ben Godin

    Ben Godin Active Member

    Jun 5, 2004
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    let me expand here. A DAW ( Digital Audio Workstation ) , is a computer that is suitable for handling heavy audio programs such as sequencers and vst instruments. For a daw i would say get at least a p4 2.4 + or an athalon 2600+ with a bare minimum of 512 MB of ram. :cool:
  4. MrPhil

    MrPhil Guest

    Let me re-expand the above

    DAW is a Digital Audio Workstation, period.

    The Soundscape units are DAWs, and they have nothing to do with the computer itself, other than use it as control interface.
    The DAW is outside the comp.

    There are both external and internal kinds of DAWs. So it's not correct to say that it is the comp in itself that is a DAW. It only becomes that if and when it is driving a program that works internally on the comp.

    It doesn't require midi handling, it's just recording and editing/mixing digital multitracked audio.
  5. Ammitsboel

    Ammitsboel Member

    Aug 12, 2003
    A DAW is just some kind of computer with an audio editing/recording program on it.

    A DAW is a Workstation that alows Digital Audio work, no matter how simple or small the computer may be.
  6. MrPhil

    MrPhil Guest

    Well, i wouldn't exactly call a 486 with W95 and Windows sound recorder a Digital Audio Workstation... but, oh well.... :wink:

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