DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation, and can refer to any piece of hardware or PC software that allows you to produce, edit and playback music.

DAWs tend to have multiple hardware or audio inputs and several audio outputs for sound reproduction and/or monitoring. They keep getting smaller and more technologically advanced, making them less than those huge studio mixing boards and more like those old school “groove boxes”.

Like the Akai MPC5000, a$3000 synthesizer, effects processor,  drum machine, multi-track recorder, sequencer and sampler – a complete sound studio 18″ wide by 16″ deep.

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Or the 6×7 inch Korg D4 – a 4-track recorder, effects processor, song editor, and instrument tuner. A recording studio the size of a stack of greeting cards.

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