CH 6 Digital Audio Part 3.key
Digital Audio Part 3
Hard-Disk Recording /
Digital Audio Workstations - DAW
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Hard-Disk Recorders
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Sometimes referred to as a ‘Studio in a Box’
VERY sophisticated Digital recorder
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Records, edits, group editing, channel routing,
dedicated hardware interface
Sometimes with removable storage
Relatively portable
Limited to no expandability
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Hard-Disk Recorders
New England Digital
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Euphonix R1
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Hard-Disk Recorders
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Radar 24/48
Mackie HDR24
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Hard-Disk Recorders
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Alesis HD24
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Still a ‘hard disk’ recorder
Usually software installed on standard PC
(Windows or Mac) with graphical interactive
‘pictures’ of hardware
Some systems include additional hardware
DSP processing cards – high end systems
Host-based systems – software using the
computer’s CPU for processing
Need external interfaces for analog inputs
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Hardware based systems include:
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ProTools HD from Digidesign
Pyramix from Merging Technologies
Sadie from Prism
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Digital Audio Workstations
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ProTools HD
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Pyramix
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Pyramix
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Pyramix
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Sadie
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Host-Based systems
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Rely on the computer CPU for all DSP functions
Require more powerful computer because the
CPU must do dual duty.
Usually have less capabilities (fewer inputs/
outputs, fewer tracks, etc.
Good for beginners, writers, musicians, small
projects, radio production, etc.
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Host-Based systems:
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Windows: ProTools LE, Nuendo, Cubase,
WaveLab, Adobe Audition, Samplitude, Sony
ACID
Macintosh: ProTools LE, Logic, Digital Performer,
Garage Band, Abelton Live,
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Digital Audio Workstations
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All work in standard audio file formats
Exchange audio files between systems
Session files, edits, etc. – not so much
OMF – Open Media Framework
 Early session file exchange, just placement of clips
AAF – Advance Authoring Format
 More advance exchange including edits and crossfades,
clip gain, some plugin metadata
 ProTools, Nuendo, Pyramix
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Plugins
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Software equivalent to hardware
EQ, Dynamics, Effects, Reverb, etc.
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Plugins
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Plugins
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Standard connectivity still required:
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AES/EBU
S/PDif
Firewire
USB
ADAT Optical/Lightpipe
MADI
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Digital Audio Workstations
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Buying a DAW doesn’t make you an
engineer, producer, or artist
You still need:
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Some …. Fundamental knowledge
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More … .Talent
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Lots … of Money!
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In order to make a small fortune in the music
business……….start with a large fortune!
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