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Peter Manning

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.001.0001

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The Digital Audio Workstation

The Digital Audio Workstation

(p.395) 21 The Digital Audio Workstation
Electronic and Computer Music

Peter Manning

Oxford University Press

By the early 1990s the evolution of the personal computer had reached the point where it became possible to develop a viable repertory of software-based audio applications that operated without a requirement of additional DSP hardware. As this processing capacity continued to expand, so these resources for audio synthesis and signal processing scaled new heights in terms of performance and versatility. These PC-based digital audio workstations or DAWs became a serious challenge to the much more expensive advanced computer music workstations hitherto favored by research institutions, in due course bringing about their eventual demise. The evolution of the DAW from its birth to the present day is studied in detail, paying particular attention to the development of ‘plug-ins’ to enhance the capabilities of audio software.

Keywords:   Chapter keywords: audio software, DAW, digital audio, hardware, plug-ins, workstation

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