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  • Seriously, Don't We Need a Better Acronym than "DAW"?

    I keep thinking it's something that Homer Simpson says. But aside from that, does a "Digital Audio Workstation" sound like it's any fun? I think not.

    Let's get some alternatives going. I kind of like VSS (Virtual Studio Software). I think it's more descriptive, and V is an inherently cool letter (just ask Roland). In any event., I think it's better than DOH. I mean, DAW.

    Your turn...

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  • #2
    I never cared for DAW or its expansion, and particularly object when it's pronounced. I'll sometimes say "Dee-Ay-Doubleyou" when I'm talking to someone who knows what it means. Mostly I just say "the computer" or "computer software." I particularly dislike programs that call themselves a "studio." A studio is a room, and the only rooms in a computer based audio production facility are the place where you put the speakers and monitor or a plug-in.

    How about "Replacement For All The Hardware That Goes Into An Audio Production Control Room, or

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    Last edited by MikeRivers; 11-06-2018, 11:54 AM.
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    • #3
      The Multi Use Sound Interface for Computers - MUSIC
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      • #4
        The first thing that came to mind was Modern Recording Environment, but MRE is already in use by the military... who have their own list of alternative definitions for the abbreviation - many of which I can not repeat here.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
          The first thing that came to mind was Modern Recording Environment.
          How about Digital Audio Recording Environment? There are already a bunch of DAREs out there, so who cares about one more?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MikeRivers View Post

            How about Digital Audio Recording Environment? There are already a bunch of DAREs out there, so who cares about one more?
            DARE to keep kids off DAWs - I like it!
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            "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."
            - George Carlin

            "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."
            - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

            "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."
            - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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            • #7
              Recording software or recording hardware.

              There - that's easy.
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              • #8
                How about Digital Audio Music Nuanced Interface Technology or DamnIt

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                • #9
                  Artificial Recording Model Passing as Interface Technology...or ARMPIT...
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                  • #10
                    I don't care for DAW either because it doesn't accurately describe the way I use my system. I produce electronic music, using MIDI in the beginning that I then nuance, often heavily, with VSTi's. Only occasionally will I lay down an actual audio track. So I think something that emphasizes the way I operate my system would be appropriate -- at least for the way I do things.

                    DMM = Digital Music Machine
                    ADMM = Analog and Digital Music Machine
                    EMM = Electronic Music Machine.
                    AMICS = Audio and MIDI Interface to Computer Software
                    AMMS = Audio and MIDI Musical System

                    No clever acronyms so far -- but anything's better than the almost Homer Simpson-like DAW! (slaps forehead)
                    Best,
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cooltouch View Post
                      I don't care for DAW either because it doesn't accurately describe the way I use my system. I produce electronic music, using MIDI in the beginning that I then nuance, often heavily, with VSTi's. Only occasionally will I lay down an actual audio track. So I think something that emphasizes the way I operate my system would be appropriate -- at least for the way I do things.
                      Well, the outcome of your work is an audio production, and you're using your digital workshop tools to get to that end. So it seems to me that you're the perfect candidate for having a digital audio workstation.

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                      • #12
                        I think just tack a "g" onto the end of it and call it good!

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                        • #13
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MikeRivers View Post

                            Well, the outcome of your work is an audio production, and you're using your digital workshop tools to get to that end. So it seems to me that you're the perfect candidate for having a digital audio workstation.
                            Well, of course the outcome is audio, but this ignores for the most part the process. It is an oversimplification by referring to it as "digital."
                            Last edited by cooltouch; 11-16-2018, 12:18 PM.
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                            Michael

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Etienne Rambert View Post
                              Recording software or recording hardware.

                              There - that's easy.
                              But it's also about mixing and editing, which is why I think "virtual studio software" makes sense.
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