As a record studio, we know that there’s a lot that goes into making great music. Of course, all great music relies on the creativity and skill of the composer and performers, but what about the technical side of things? There’s no doubt that technology has pushed music through many advancements throughout history. We’ve come a long way from chanting around a campfire, after all, but what are the tools we use today to create and capture the songs we all love to hear? Join me today while we discuss just a few pieces of common studio gear you can expect to find in any studio, including ours.
Digital Audio Workstation, otherwise known as DAW
The digital audio workstation, or DAW is the main hub for all your production activities. It is the program that allows us to record, edit, and mix our audio into the projects we have in our heads. DAWs come in a variety of ways from a single program on a computer to a complex configuration of equipment controlled by a central computer.
While the DAW’s first efforts in the 1970s failed to gain interest due to high storage costs and long processing times, the equipment began to gain traction in the 80s as home computers began to develop more processing power. The eventual switch to digital happened around 1991 following the introduction of Digidesign’s Pro Tools.
The DAW may be where things happen but the audio interface is how. The audio interface’s primary purpose in the studio is send the audio files where they need to go. It’s the connection that allows audio input when recording as well as output when playing back the audio files. Many interfaces today offer additional features such as digital conversion, mic preamps, DI boxes, headphone amps and monitor management, but many professional studios will have these features as stand-alone items for maximum sound quality.
Most likely one of the oldest pieces of technology in the studio, the humble mic plays an important role in the music production process. Yes, mics are responsible for picking up audio for recording, but they can do so much more. Each mic has the capability to completely change a sound and capture audio in new and creative ways. Here at Ashcraft Studios we have an extensive mic line up available to find and match the perfect sound needed for every project.
Studio monitors are not your average speakers. Most regular speakers are designed to improve the quality of sound thus benefiting the listening experience. Studio monitors, on the other hand, are designed to create a flat frequency response allowing the audio engineer to hear the audio in its truest state, flaws and all. This allows the engineer to identify mistakes and make fixes accordingly.
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