|What is a DAW?
DAW stands for digital audio
workstation. It is an all in one complete digital recording and
playback system that can record and play both audio and midi created
sounds at the same time. Midi sequencers without the capability of
recording audio tracks are not DAW'S. Audio recording programs
without the ability of handling midi tracks do not qualify as a DAW.
Modern daws should be able to handle
audio recording, midi recording, and external input as well as internal
inputs via dxi or VST
What is a Free DAW?
Free is free. It means that you
don't have to pay money to register it or to add additional features.
Old versions of newer more powerful pieces of software that are released
by software companies qualify but I haven't been able to find any to
this point. Software that can be used without paying for the
registration but retain nag screens and constant reminders of the need
to pay for the program do not qualify as free. They're shareware
and you use them without paying for them on your own. One very
well developed DAW that uses this method of distribution is
Reaper. Reaper is a great program
and is no doubt worth the $60.00 requested for registration but if you
use it without registering you're cheating
What is a cheap DAW?
Cheap is inexpensive. Their are
several examples of these and they will be covered here in some detail.
Examples are programs that are included free on Magazine disks like
Computer Music's XT Software, and Podium 2 CM. Other examples are
beginner suites or light suites by major companies like Cakewalk.
One of my favorite DAWS,
sells for $49 and is one of PGMusics
offerings along with Band-in-a-Box.
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