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The history & evolution of the DAW. By: Will Young. What is a DAW. DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation. It was created as a more stable solution to the Analogue synthesizer. It is computer program that is specifically designed for the recording, editing and playing of digital audio files.

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The history evolution of the daw

The history & evolution of the DAW

By: Will Young


What is a daw

What is a DAW

  • DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation. It was created as a more stable solution to the Analogue synthesizer. It is computer program that is specifically designed for the recording, editing and playing of digital audio files.


Robert moog

Robert Moog

  • Dr. Robert Moog was born in New York city in 1993

  • 1954 Robert and his Dad started making Thermons in his garage

  • In 1961 Moog was selling around 1,000 Moog’s at $50 a piece

  • In 1963 Robert designed and constructed the Moog modular synthesizer.


The moog

The Moog

  • the Design and construction of the Moog was inspired by composer Herbert A. Deutsch

  • The Moog pretty much consisted of a few voltage- controlled oscillators and modulators in the original design.


The history evolution of the daw

Midi

  • Midi stands for Musical instrument digital interface.

  • Midi came around in the early 80’s as a standard language protocol used to communicate the playing of a note and the output of that note.


Digital synthesizers

Digital synthesizers

  • The first notable digital synthesizer that came about was in 1978 with sequential circuits prophet-5. it wasn’t long after that Korg, Yamaha and Roland began to develop their own micro-processor oriented synthesizers.

  • the Yamaha DX-7 was introduced to the market in 1983. it was significant because although it was not the first fully midi capable synthesizer, it was extremely affordable compared to the other market competitors, it was also one of the best selling synths of our time.


Early daw s

Early DAW’s

  • Editing audio on a computer was not a realistic capability for early computers.

  • It wasn’t until the early 80’s that computers had the capabilities to even perceive the concept of the DAW.

  • Digidesign’s early programs such as “sound designer” and “Sound Tools” were some of the first DAW programs used to edit audio data on a computer.

  • “sound designer” later evolved into protools. A program that is still an industry standard in sound design to this day.


Midi sequencers

Midi sequencers

  • The first music computer workstations were known as midi sequencers because computers in the early 80’s only had enough speed to process midi data, not audio.

  • Midi was first proposed as a language for efficiently communicating the events and keys played and tracking them onto a computer or through the device that is being used.

  • Midi also made it easy to hook an external synthesizer up through your computer or even connect multiple midi devices with your computer


1980 s

1980’s

  • It wasn’t until the late 1980’s that consumer level computers had the ability to start editing audio data.

  • The Apple Mac and the Atari ST were the first early computers that set the industry standard for Digital audio editing.

  • before the Atari ST the Mac was the only computer that could handle audio editing without a 3rd party sound card.


1990 s

1990’s

  • In 1993 the first windows based music program was released. This was significant because almost all other DAW programs at the time were mac based.

  • In 1996 Cubase was released for Windows, which took the industry by storm. Cubase revolutionized the music industry by modeling itself after a tape –like interface and included a mixing deck and an effects rack just like an analog synthesizer.


R eferences

References

  • http://www.moogmusic.com/legacy/bob-moog-timeline

  • artsites.ucsc.edu

  • http://www.mtu.com/

  • http://www.drtw.net

  • www.garnishmusicproduction.com

  • www.musicmatter.co.uk

  • http://umassamherstm5.org/the-musical-instrument-digital-interface

  • http://www.guitarcenter.com/Livid-Ohm-Metal-MIDI-Controller-580364-i1435767.gc


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