Digital Audio Workstations
The most important element of every recording studio is the DAW.
A DAW, or Digital Audio Workstation, is an computer program or application used for recording, editing and mastering audio files. And often times it can be a lot of work trying to figure out which DAWs are the best.
But you’re in luck!!
The following are the top 3 rated DAWs to choose from, if you are just starting out.
And the best part is, they are FREE!!!
Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.
· Operating systems PC/Mac/Linux
· Offers 16 and 32 recording bit rate
· Simple to navigate
· Display kind of looks a little outdated
· Audacity can’t make background music
· No real time processing
REAPER is a complete digital audio engineering and production application for computers, offering a full multi-track audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset.
· Highly Customizable
· Supports unlimited number of tracks
· Very Low CPU usage
· Comes with 300 free plug-ins
· A lot of features but basic recording and production can be learned in just a few hours
· In my personal opinion there is very little to be disappointed about when it comes to Reaper.
For a free software it is definitely enough to get your studio up and running.
GarageBand puts a complete music studio on your computer, so you can make your own music to share with the world. Whether its recording vocals or making instrumentals, Garageband can unleash your musical creativity, no matter whether you’re a pro or a beginner.
· Can record using the microphone on your computer
· Real instruments, for audio recordings such as voice, guitar, bass, or any instrument that can be captured by a microphone)
· Allows you to create your own background instrumentals
· Comes with a sound library, instrument plug-ins and loop kits
· Only works on mac
· Only allows 2 effects per track
All 3 of these DAWs are incredible options to get you started. Once you become more familiar with them you can always upgrade to some of the more premiere DAW suites.
But I will talk more about those in a later blog.