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A digital audio workstation (DAW) is an electric or electronic device, or computer software application for recording, editing and producing audio files.

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Has anybody tried using GIT version control for session control of audio recordings?

Has anybody tried using GIT version control for session control of audio recordings? I have used GIT in programming and it works very well, and is easy to use too. It works great for collaboration, ...
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What does the term quantization refer to?

Many DAWs have the option to "quantize" a set of notes. What does it do?
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A trip down your DAW memory lane

This could lead to some very long posts, but here goes anyways... I got into a conversation with the guys at work about the old DAWs they used to use, what's changed, what they miss, and what's ...
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Audio software with alternative user interfaces (e.g. not mimicking a mixer)

Most audio software mimics a "real" device; most notably, a mixing console. I find this makes things easy to learn and transfer, but is less optimal when using a mouse. What audio software exists ...
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Templates and workflow

I'm thinking specifically for pro tools but feel free to chime in if you use another DAW. I'm curious to see how many and what kinds of templates you all have set up for day to day work. Any info or ...
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Can someone explain 'phase' and related terminology in audio production?

I've looked a lot of places for info about this, and I've never found anything that was clear and satisfactory. I've been working with various DAW software for awhile and I always run into 'invert ...
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Free Music for DAW Practice

I'm wondering if there are sites there with Creative Commons (or similar) music that is not already mixed down as an MP3, but rather with all the individual files (instruments, vocals, etc.) intact to ...
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What do sound designers need in a DAW?

I was just thinking about this, today -- we talk a lot about what DAW we use, and even why we should use them, but what do we actually NEED as sound designers? DAWs, today, are largely built for ...
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What is a good mastering chain to use in a DAW?

I realise that there is no one 'correct' answer to this (so maybe this can be marked community wiki), but as a hobbyist with a small home studio I would be interested to hear how others set up their ...
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Why is learning how to use DAWs appear more difficult than Video editing programs?

Between some friends and me, we are finding it evidently more difficult to learn how to use DAWs than to use video editing programs like Sony Vegas and Premier. We are trying Roland CakeWalk Sonar 8, ...
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Are outboard processors dead?

Do outboard processors such as compressors, reverb units, etc. have anything distinct advantages in any area today? I'm especially thinking of analog units because of the added D/A-A/D round-trip and ...
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Doubling a track

I was reading an article about recording a guitar and the guy was recommending doubling the track by actually recording it twice. I realize that this thickens up the sound which is good but is playing ...
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Thoughts on Ableton Live?

Anyone using Ableton for their sound designing and other audio editing needs? I also use PT8, but as of late, I've found Ableton to be a much more intuitive and streamlined DAW that allows to to do ...
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Audacity records only 1 channel, inspite of being set to stereo

I use a Shure condenser mic with a Focusrite scarlett solo interface. However ever since the 1st time I connected it to the laptop , & recorded in Audacity & mixpad, It keeps recording only 1 ...
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Is it worth supporting VST3?

I'm writing a specialized plugin host which currently supports VST2.4 plugins only. When I have a bit of time, I will also include support for AudioUnits on the Mac and LADSPA on Linux. As one of the ...
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Which DAW do you use?

I'm just wondering, which DAW or software is the best and cheapest for designing sound. I'm working in a studio, and we use Steinberg Nuendo on a PC. It's quite good and comfortable software. You can ...
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Pro Tools vs Logic…

Hi all, I am looking for a little bit of advice on DAWs. I am Mac-based and have exclusively used Logic Studio for my work which, so far, I have found to be sufficient. But I am beginning to wonder ...
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Reasons to NOT use FLStudio as DAW

I know how to use FLStudio very well. It has been my only DAW for years and I've never had problems with it. I get the vibe from the music community that it is unprofessional; that professionals use ...
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Is there an equivalent to Audacity's noise reduction effect in other DAW?

I have tried with Ardour, Rosegarden and Traverso, so far all these DAW are better than Audacity but for one thing: they lack this functionality that lets me select a piece of noise as a sample and ...
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Going about creating a new song in a DAW?

This is a question for the users who write music in a DAW; what is your process for starting a new song? Do you have an idea of what the song sounds like and go from there? Or do you mess around with ...
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Keeping multitrack files online

I'm in the middle or recording an album, and my bandmate is in the next county. I'm currently using box.net to share mixes with him, but I have no easy way of sharing the multitrack files. I've got ...
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VSTi Issue with REAPER and Superior Drummer

I've installed Superior Drummer and REAPER; but when I go to click on "Insert virtual instrument on new track", Superior Drummer isn't available. Am I missing a step?
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Pro Tools Freeware Replacment

Many people believe Pro Tools to be the standard in high end audio production. Can anyone recommend a free replacement that has as many of the essential features of Pro Tools as possible? I ...
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Easy to use open source DAW?

I'm considering creating some instrumental music. I don't care about connecting external stuff (keyboard, mic, ...), so I only require something I'll control with only a keyboard and a mouse. Is there ...
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Is pro tools worth it?

I am about to finish uni and was questioning wether I should take advantage of the student discount and buy pro tools? I have used Logic for a long time and find it excellent, but think as everyone ...
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Sequencer/DAW with a decent Notation/Score Editor?

Many DAWs/music production softwares (Reaper, FL Studio ...) rely on piano-roll to edit midi tracks. Are there nice sequencers/daws with very good notation/score editor (along with VSTi/plugin ...
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Do any of the popular DAWs allow you to insert a “pause” into a project.

Do any of the popular DAWs allow you to insert a "pause" into a project. So for example, I click "play" at the beginning of a file, and the DAW plays back the audio until it comes to a "pause" marker ...
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Totally confused with the plethora of different electronic music production hardware; any way to work out what they do?

I play some musical instruments and want to begin electronic music. I have read and understood the concept of MIDI being a format for representing sound and time. Now when presented with a DAW, and ...
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Which DAW can handle simultaneous editing of MIDI channels / instruments per tracks?

I'm looking for a list of DAWs that supports editing MIDI of multiple instruments in one single track. For example, if I had a group of cellos playing slightly differently, I could separate them in ...
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Reason: Any way to batch convert WAV to REX?

I've used several DAWs over the years, and my sample library has grown to a considerable size. I've been playing with Reason lately, and I rather like it, but one big turnoff is that 99% of my ...
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Which DAW, when rewired with Record / Reason, is better on system performance?

In general, I try to stick to Propellerhead Record / Reason to produce music. But now that I am investing in more natural-sounding external Sound Sample libraries (namely NI's Session Strings Pro and ...
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Does Pro Tools (or any other DAW) have a feature like Logic's Quick Swipe Comping?

I am working on a project in Logic 9 that involves quick swipe comping of phase-locked audio tracks. I won't go into the details but I have had many problems over many projects when they involve ...
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CuBase LE 5 Static Noises

I bought a Lexicon Lambda interface and connected it to my MacBook Pro late 2011. Specs: Intel core i5 2.4GHz 16GB Ram 512GB SSD OSX 10.9 Lexicon Lambda (Connected via USB to computer) Samson ...
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Creating the SSB untuned radio effect

There is a similar question here How do you create Single Sideband Modulation (SSB)? but it does not solve how to recreate the effect with an FM or subtractive synth or a vocoder( if it is possible ). ...
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How to deal with OMF/AAF on PC platforms

When I first started in film, I was coming from a music production angle and could pretty much work on any DAW I wanted, since nothing ever left the program. I was blissfully unaware of the problems ...
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Control Surface or V-Control Pro on iPad

V-Control Pro or Control Surface? I wanted to surface another thread about this, as the last is a little over a year old. http://www.neyrinck.com/v-control-pro Check this out. It's a pretty nifty ...
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Hardware or Software effects for Post-Production?

Do people prefer using effects processing in a DAW, via Plug-Ins or outboard gear to have more hands on control for Post-Production? I do everything in the box because I've barely started working and ...
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Generating massive-sounding duplicated noises

I'm using SONAR 5 Producer (I know, it's old.) to record/mix/master my recording. What I'm looking to do is with certain sounds, I'd like to create the effect of having hundreds of instruments without ...
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Technical term for the visualization of an audio track?

What's the technical term for the visualization of an audio track as used in music production software? This image shows what I mean: http://alisocreek.net/vo-article-graphics/Sound_Wave.jpg The image ...
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Programmable audio software (DAW) with public API?

I recently made some first steps with FL Studio. Do you know of any programmable DAWs? I would like to write software that can generate tracks, change instruments, add and edit patterns, start and ...
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Getting started with Audio Production

I'm a musician with a classical background, and I'm really interested in the complete process of Music Production (Acoustic Conditioning, Recording, Post-Producing). I'd love to start learning in a ...
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Which DAW is this?

I saw this from a screenshot on a youtube video. Please help me find out which DAW this is.
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Pro Tools and Adobe Premiere

I have an independent gig coming up where they're editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. Has anyone had any experience passing files between Premiere and Pro Tools (8.0.1)? Would you record to camera or ...
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Is there a way to graphically analyze frequency of samples/instruments in Renoise?

There's a master spectrum view but is there a way to use some static graphical representation of the frequency spectrum to adjust the different samples/instruments? Something to make it easier to ...
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Christmas/Holidays Sales - Still growing…

Hi everyone, Looks that there will be some good sales from renowned companies these Holidays and I would like to share it together. My first contribution is: 2caudio - Sale on Aether and Breeze ...
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X-Keys for DAW Control

http://www.piengineering.com/xkeys.php Is anyone using this for executing shortcuts / key commands in your DAW? It seems like a good idea without spending $$$$ on something from Euphonix. Any ...
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Procedure for setting up DAW automatic latency compensation

What is the best procedure to set up a DAW to automatically compensate for latency and how do you get the least amount of latency without clicks I had been DAWless for a few years and I seem to have ...
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Building a modern radio studio

Hope this isn't a question that's been asked a thousand times before! I've been press-ganged into building a new 'portable' studio for a non-profit community radio station. Unfortunately I've never ...
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Getting Audio from Live to Pass Through to Scarlett 18i20

So I am trying to stream my setup to Mixlr, which provides a streaming interface where I can assign an audio device to send to the stream. There are a few options in the dropdown menu for each of the ...
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How to export MIDI with foot controller in Acid Pro 7

I have a e-durm track recorded in MIDI in Acid Pro 7. I want that track in another project. I tried File->Export Midi but it is missing the "foot controller (hi hat)" envelope. How do I include that ...