DAW Software

The digital audio workstation (DAW) has been used in studios across the globe for many years. Software DAWs are now most common with Pro-tools being the first to bring together both MIDI and audio recording.

There are lots of options when it comes to software DAWs. Steinberg have a range of DAWs including Cubase Pro and Nuendo. The German company created virtual studio technology, and VST instruments and plugins are now used across DAWs from most manufacturers including Imageline’s FL Studio (formerly Fruity Loops), Ableton Live, Bitwig Studio, Presonus Studio One and more. Propellerhead recently opened Reason up to allow users to run VSTs and this has seen a surge in interest in the previously self-contained platform. Mac users also have Audio Units plugins available to them in some software hosts and Logic Pro and Digital Performer only support plugins and virtual instruments in this format.

The latest DAWs now include many compositional features, such as Chord Track and Pads for Cubase, the “players” devices within Reason and Presonus Studio One has the capability to analyse the keys you play, work out the chords and remove incompatible notes from the piano roll MIDI editor.

DAWs are not just used for the production and recording of music. They’re also used for songs, speech, radio, television, soundtracks, podcasts, sound effects and nearly any other situation where complex recorded audio is needed. Whatever your DAW requirements, West End DJ have a wide variety of software solutions in stock, if you need any help or advice please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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