Matt organizes DAWs into 5 categories, based on what their earliest versions were built on: MIDI sequencing (such as Logic and Cubase), multitrack audio (Pro Tools and REAPER), digital manipulation (Ableton Live and Reason), single-track audio editing (Audacity and iZotope RX), and musical notation (Finale and Sibelius). Audio software is best chosen by matching its strengths to your needs. When collaborating with other musicians, it's best if everyone uses the same DAW.
- There are lots of capable digital audio work stations…available, with different histories, strengths,…and weaknesses.…I like to sort audio software into five categories,…based on the software's particular strengths.…First, there are DAWs which have their roots in MIDI.…We'll definite MIDI in detail in other videos.…Most of these DAWs started in the 1980s…as MIDI sequencers, and over time,…added an audio recording.…These DAWs have historically…offered the most powerful composition…and MIDI manipulation tools.…
Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase, and more…fall into this category.…Secondly, there are DAWs with roots in audio.…Most of these started in the 1990s as audio-only,…and over time, added MIDI sequencing and other capabilities.…These programs have a history of efficient workflows…for recording, editing, and mixing multi-track performances,…because they were originally designed…to take the place of a mixer and multi-track tape.…Pro Tools, SAWStudio, REAPER, and many others…fall into this category.…
The third category of digital audio work station…
The course starts with explanations of what sound really is and how we hear it, including discussions on frequency, amplitude, phase, and psychoacoustics. Matt explores analog audio signal path, explaining connections, gain staging, and metering. Next, he brings the audio signal into the digital domain, discussing analog to digital conversion, digital gain staging, file formats and compression, and dither.
Then the course digs into digital audio workstations (DAWs), explaining the concepts and misconceptions involved in digital recording systems. Matt describes how memory, CPU speed, and storage affect your DAW's performance, as well as how to manage computer resources and understand the plethora of file formats associated with digital recording. He follows with an overview of MIDI: how to generate, store, process, and communicate MIDI data. He wraps up with the audio processors that are often used for mixing in a DAW—including EQ, compressors, reverb, delay, and many others.
- What is sound?
- The three domains of sound: acoustic, analog, and digital
- The analog vs. digital signal paths
- Converting analog audio to digital
- Digital formats and data compression
- Understanding the five types of DAWs
- Recording performances with MIDI
- Mixing and processing audio with EQ, compression, and other effects
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1. Concepts of Sound
2. The Signal Path: Acoustic and Analog
3. The Signal Path: Digital
4. Digital Audio Workstations
6. Mixing and Processing Audio
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