What is a DAW, or Digital Audio Workstation?

A DAW is a type of software program which easily allows you to record, mix, edit and process digital audio. There are many types of DAW’s out there, such as Abelton, FL Studio, Logic and Pro Tools, each one with their own unique layout and set of functions; however, they all perform the same essential tasks.

Essentially, a DAW facilitates music recording from a range of sources like instruments, through microphones, drums (electronic and acoustic), electronic keyboards and synthesisers, before allowing you to export your studio project into an audio track.  

Nearly all DAW now have MIDI and USB functionality incorporated into them. MIDI allows notes to be programmed or played via controllers and gives the user the ability to control virtual instruments like synthesisers.

Which DAW is right for me?

This is a question which nearly every music producer, engineer and musician have asked themselves at one point in their audio careers. The truth of it is there is no right or wrong answer. When choosing the right DAW for you, it all depends on a host of different things.

“Essentially, a DAW facilitates music recording from a range of sources like instruments, through microphones, drums, electronic keyboards and synthesisers.

Your budget, technical skills and even your computers processing power will all play significant roles in choosing which DAW is best suited to your situation. The best advice we can offer is to carry out extensive research and test the waters with free trials and lighter versions of each DAW before committing.  

Plugins and DAW.

Plugins are also a significant feature of DAW’s, giving the user the control to change EQ and compression settings, and effects such as equalisation, pans, reverb and delay. Virtual Instruments are also included in the plugins category.

Below is a list of a few different types of DAW’s which are on the market! We hope this helps you begin your journey in audio and music production!

Free Programs

  • Reaper  
  • Audacity
  • Cakewalk
  • Garageband

Industry Standards

  • Avid Pro Tools 
  • Apple Logic Pro

Specialty Programs 

  • Ableton Live 
  • Bitwig
  • Cubase
  • FL Studio 
  • Studio One 
  • Reason


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