- Editorial: The 192kHz Lie
- Editorial: What is latency? (and why we don’t care)
- Editorial: Buy gear based on sound, not numbers
- Experiment: Analogue vs. Digital. Can you tell?
- Experiment: High sample rates. Can you tell?
- Line 6 Amp Modelers
Digital audio recording has become a way of life in today’s fast paced world. While many may argue that digital audio is killing the sound of modern music, it is hard to disagree that computers coupled with digital audio have brought home recording into a new age. This new age allows the enthusiast to produce in his living room what it used to take a professional studio to accomplish. Instead of saving a thousand dollars to spend on a local studio to record a few songs, you can spend that same thousand dollars on some decent equipment and teach yourself a trade that will allow you to record as many songs as your muse brings you. The adage goes, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a meal. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” Computers and digital audio recording give every musician the opportunity to “learn to fish” and feed their creativity for a lifetime.
DAW: The Digital Audio Workstation
A DAW can be many things: a standalone digital hard disk or digital tape recorder, a keyboard with recording features, a computer running dedicated hardware and software, or a home computer running recording software along side your productivity suite and entertainment software. For the home recording enthusiast there is no reason to view any of these as different at their core. Fundamentally, digital audio is as digital audio does. All digital audio is represented by a binary stream of ones and zeros. Boiled down to bare essentials, there is nothing different about what a $50,000 Pro Tools rig does and what your $300 home computer can do. The difference is more about your ears and your skills. There is no reason why you can not accomplish great results with your home computer. Some of my music for sale on was recorded on a Pentium 100 in Windows 3.1 (yes, it is true). All of those songs were recorded in either a garage or a bedroom. If I can use that kind of archaic hardware, software, and location to help me realize my dream of selling my music, then there is no reason you can’t tap the power of your home computer to help you realize yours. Stop listening to the naysayers who are trying to hold you back. This site is here to help you get through some of the learning process much easier.
The digital age section of the site is home base for articles specifically about things we encounter in the world of the DAW. While many articles I have here contain knowledge that works in any medium, these articles are specifically about the deep technical details of software and hardware. Use the sidebar to find the articles you are looking for.
Here is a list of some DAW software that I find to be of very high quality. Every one of these boxes packs enough features to make pro recordings. Don’t be fooled by the price tags. More expensive does not mean better in the digital age.
|Based on the renowned Cubase SX, Steinberg Cubase SE is ideal for anyone who keeps a sharp eye on their finances but doesn’t want to do without professional technologies in their home recording, project, or pre-production studio.|
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