Digital Audio Workstations and The Options That Exist

After spending the time to determine which digital audio workstation is the right fit for you, don't forget to review the countless plugins that you can use to manipulate the audio through EQ, compression, saturation, reverb, delay, etc.

Digital Audio Workstations and The Options That Exist
If your needs fall more into recording and/or editing audio, then you should consider Pro Tools by Avid. Pro Tools has been the go-to platform for recording for several years. While there are many DAWs available that all have strengths, Pro Tools is the standard and can be found in countless recording studios around the world.
Digital Audio Workstations and The Options That Exist
If your needs fall more into recording and/or editing audio, then you should consider Pro Tools by Avid. Pro Tools has been the go-to platform for recording for several years. While there are many DAWs available that all have strengths, Pro Tools is the standard and can be found in countless recording studios around the world.

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Pro Tools has been the recording medium that I have used for over a decade. I have done countless recording sessions with Pro Tools, and it will continue to be my DAW of choice due to its ease of use and compatibility with many other musicians, artists and studios that I work with.

While I use Pro Tools for recording and mixing records, I also use it for editing the weekly radio broadcast for my church.

I use a stock opening and closing for the program, and each week I simply edit the opening and closing onto the sermon, after which I delete any content that I need to make the program 30 minutes in length, and then I am done. It’s very quick and easy to use!

Another thing to consider when choosing a DAW are the countless plugins that you can use to manipulate the audio through EQ, compression, saturation, reverb, delay, etc. There are emulations of classic audio equipment such as Neve, SSL and API EQ’s, Fairchild, UREI and Focusrite compressors, and even tape machines. While these plugins are not necessary, they do give you many more options and tools to enhance the audio you are working on.

Companies such as Slate Digital, Universal Audio, Soundtoys, Waves and Valhalla offer high quality plugins that some would consider to be comparable to hardware equipment. These plugins can be purchased individually or in bundles, and some are even available for a monthly subscription fee.

These plugins would be the equivalent of having unlimited racks of high-end hardware gear for a fraction of the cost. For example, in order to purchase a real Fairchild compressor, you would spend approximately $30,000. However, with a Fairchild plugin (prices range from $50 - $300 depending on the company who makes the plugin) you can use as many Fairchild compressors as your computer will run for a much lower price!

If you plan on using your DAW for music creation, you might want to consider purchasing third-party software instruments. Almost any instrument you can imagine is available in software form, so if you really need a hurdy gurdy on a song, you no longer have to be or hire a professional hurdy gurdy player, you can just purchase a software version and play it on your MIDI keyboard.


More About Daniel Beard
Daniel Beard has served on staff at Clements Baptist Church in Athens, Ala., for more than 12 years. As the church's Media Director, he oversees all aspects of audio, video, web and print media. Daniel worked for 10 years at Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. After leaving Fame, he began doing production and mixing at his personal studio in Harvest, Ala., as well as other studios in Muscle Shoals. Two of the albums Daniel worked on were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2014. Daniel has produced and mixed songs for major motion pictures and has mixed several #1 and top 10 albums and singles. Some of the artists Daniel has worked with include Anthony Hamilton, Alicia Keys, Gavin DeGraw, Shenandoah, Alabama, Candi Staton and Eric Essix. He can be found on Twitter @danielbeard.
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