Early in the music industry music was recorded and produced using hardware based equipment. This equipment used analog methods to save the sounds. Analog is synonymous with tape recorders. As technology progressed digital recording replaced analog; we now live in a time where digital is the standard. Digital is used to produce music. Digital is the end product. The digital revolution has allowed musicians and songwriters the ability to record and produce songs in home studios. The center of this revolution is the personal computer. This machine changes the way artist create music. The basic home studio has several items at its core. This core is what makes up a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). The DAW setup consists of a computer, music software package, audio interface, microphones, monitors, instruments, and a midi keyboard.
There are several brands of music software package that make up the digital audio workstation. Here is a brief description for each type. Continue reading »