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  • A Software Program is Not a DAW

    I just had to get this off of my chest before the world ended. I
    "Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground."
    ~John Lennon

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    So I guess the Zoom R8 is a DAW. Actually, that makes sense.
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    • #3
      I try to remember to write "DAW program" when I'm talking about the software. It would be stellar if everyone else did, too, but you know hw qik ppl r 2 tak shrtcts W lingo.
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      • #4
        Saying "DAW' as if it's a word sounds dumb: "Daahhhhhhhwww"



        And saying it letter by letter also sounds kind of dumb, it just doesn't flow: "D.A.W."



        there's really no easy answer.



        someone should come up with a better word.
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        • #5
          I remember being confused by this when I first got into computer based recording a decade or so ago. I'd see Cakewalk Home Studio referred to as a Digital Audio Workstation. But wait, does that mean I get a computer, I/O device, etc., with it?? Er, uh, no it's just software. Eventually I figured out that I was correct, and after buying the computer, I/O device (mixer), monitor speakers and control surface PLUS the "DAW" software, I actually had a Digital Audio Workstation.



          Eventually I got used to the term, but it's always seemed misleading to me.
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          • #6
            A Mac is a hamburger that only comes in only one size, too.
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            • #7






              Quote Originally Posted by Beck
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              I just had to get this off of my chest before the world ended. I


              music and social stuff

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              • #8
                Unfortunately you can't the change bad nomenclature. Your are correct but as communicated in our ever changing Interwebs world that label has taken hold for software(even if the world ends tomorrow).



                Here I go with a common cliche/analogy "you can't put that Genie back into the bottle".

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                  Quote Originally Posted by Goobers
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                  Saying "DAW' as if it's a word sounds dumb: "Daahhhhhhhwww"



                  And saying it letter by letter also sounds kind of dumb, it just doesn't flow: "D.A.W."



                  there's really no easy answer.



                  someone should come up with a better word.




                  Most of my 3DW friends are musicians. You get used to the sound of it.


                  music and social stuff

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                  • #10






                    Quote Originally Posted by Anderton
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                    So I guess the Zoom R8 is a DAW. Actually, that makes sense.




                    Yes, it actually is... and so was the Synclavier. If we can't get our nomenclature right we're doomed... doomed I tell ya!



                    And here's another one... ADAT: Alesis Digital Audio Tape. But who remembers stuff like that? I mean now people think of the ADAT HD24 or the ADAT optical interface. But to say ADAT HD24 without using the abbreviation it would be "Alesis Digital Audio Tape Hard Disk Recorder." But that makes no sense! Alesis clearly wanted to capitalize on the name recognition of ADAT even though it makes no sense whatsoever. So many wrongs to right before the world ends... so little time!
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                    • #11






                      Quote Originally Posted by Beck
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                      DAW: Digital Audio Workstation



                      A PC-based DAW includes the computer, digital audio interface, perhaps a control surface and any software used with it. Everything together is a DAW. Any one part by itself is not a DAW.




                      I actually know that, but use "DAW" to refer to software fairly regularly anyway. Or maybe I'm just done in by marketing or wrong usage. I don't know.



                      I do lots of other things wrong, too, but I'm hoping that people don't look that closely.
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                      • #12






                        Quote Originally Posted by Beck
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                        If we can't get our nomenclature right we're doomed... doomed I tell ya!




                        Oh no...Mayan calendar language police!!








                        And here's another one... ADAT: Alesis Digital Audio Tape. But who remembers stuff like that? I mean now people think of the ADAT HD24 or the ADAT optical interface. But to say ADAT HD24 without using the abbreviation it would be "Alesis Digital Audio Tape Hard Disk Recorder." But that makes no sense!



                        Or my personal favorite, "MIDI Interface" - which translates as "Musical Instrument Digital Interface interface." Or how about "LCD display?" I'm sure we all enjoy our Liquid Crystal Display displays.



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                        • #13
                          I thought it's just called a "Pro Tools."
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                          • #14






                            Quote Originally Posted by elsongs
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                            I thought it's just called a "Pro Tools."




                            Or Pro sTools.
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                            • #15
                              Beck, so this is what keeps you up at night?

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