What is a DAW?

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What is a DAW?

Post by bendybones » Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:53 am

Some say it's the software like Live / Logic etc
Some say it's the whole system ie Software + PC + Soundcard

Seems like option 1 is what most people think / will answer.
But option 2 makes more sense to me.

So which is it?
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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by stringtapper » Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:56 am

There is no spoon.
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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by 4/4 » Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:57 am

I think it's past your bedtime.

They're both the same answer anyways. Audio software isn't gonna be much use to you without a soundcard and a computer.
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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by Radio Arcade » Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:59 am

just the software - When people ask which 'Digital Audio Workstation' you are on they want to know logic/live/cubase etc - not what other gear you have...
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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by Bleep Blop Ima Robot » Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:05 am

Radio Arcade wrote:just the software - When people ask which 'Digital Audio Workstation' you are on they want to know logic/live/cubase etc - not what other gear you have...
+1, all you need to know is what it stands for really lol
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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by shuutobi » Wed Nov 11, 2009 6:58 am

I consider it your production software + your machine...
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Re: What is a DAW?

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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by UKRuss » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:04 am

When is a DAW not a DAW?

When it's a JAR

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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by $4mU3l » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:12 am

UKRuss wrote:When is a DAW not a DAW?

When it's a JAR
When is the person in front of the DAW a DAU? http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%BCmms ... ender_User

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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by UKRuss » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:26 am

Clever stuff.

Here is my more surreal answer.

Why is?

A DAW.

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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by citizenchris099 » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:09 pm

shuutobi wrote:I consider it your production software + your machine...
i tend to agree w/this view. my laptop is my D.A.W. I use it to work on music...digitally. the software is just one part of that system.
Though one should take note of the fact that i have this system stripped of everything save Live and some system utilities like disc imaging software etc... And I use this system exclusively for said D.A.W. work.
If someone asks me what D.A.W. I run (because that happens like...all the time lol) I tell them a Lenovo Thinkpad running Win XP and Ableton Live 8.

to me the op's question is like asking what is a mac or a pc? you ask some people and they'll start talking about operating systems...others will talk about the total system. both answers are correct but not quite complete. i know this guy that runs OS X on his "PC" and vice verca
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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by re.mark » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:15 pm

I think its a maliable acronym really. Sometimes I refer to just the software was a DAW - as in "What DAW are you running?". Whereas, logically, a workstation is a complete area where you work, and you cant work without a computer running the software/monitors etc.
Then again, Would you refer to an analogue mixing desk/reet-to-reel/etc in a studio as a AAW - Analoge Audio Workstation? :?

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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by citizenchris099 » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:27 pm

re.mark wrote: Then again, Would you refer to an analogue mixing desk/reet-to-reel/etc in a studio as a AAW - Analoge Audio Workstation? :?
good question. typically most would just call that "the studio" lol j/k

who coined the acronym D.A.W. anyways?

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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by OvertoneZero » Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:21 pm

fuck my life

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Re: What is a DAW?

Post by OvertoneZero » Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:25 pm

daw, or daw not, there is no daw

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