In 1886, Emile Berliner, a German inventor, started working on sound recording technologies. Hence, the Gramophone was born. A phonograph used a rotating cylinder whereas a gramophone used a rotating disc. Not to mention that the spinning disc mechanism is what led to the creation of Vinyls. The early 1900s was all about vinyl records and they remained dominant until the emergence of digital media.
More tracks, more music. So it was with the creation of the multitrack recorder. The device divided the tapes into multiple tracks. In addition, the tracks could therefore be parallel to each other, which would bring more complexity to the music. Now you can take home a 32-track recorder.
The 80s, the age of digital media and synthesizers. In addition, personal computers then had enough power to handle audio processing. Hence the rise of MIDI, sound editing software and DAWs. It was a huge boost for music production.
digital audio workstation
Imagine an entire orchestra packed into your CPU. The need to own a studio no longer exists. These workstations are of two types: virtual application and embedded hardware. Regardless of the type, DAWs are capable of producing, editing and enhancing sound waves. This is possible thanks to their wide range of musical components such as MIDI and various VST (Virtual Studio Technology) plug-ins.
MIDI is a communication device. It transmits information back and forth to other music devices, acting as a kind of keyboard. Plugins are basically downloadable tools that augment the functionality of your DAW. For example, you can install a synthesizer plug-in in your DAW if you are creating a synth-wave track. DAWs are used for videos, songs, games, effects, and anything else you can think of. However, the most remarkable feature of DAWs is that they can undo actions that are impossible in real-time scenarios. Besides, they can also cut, copy, paste, etc. Famous DAWs include Ableton Live, FL Studio, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, etc.
Let’s take a look at some DAWs across music genres. While it’s more about which DAW you’re comfortable with, knowing the differences can help.
One of the most influential, famous, and arguably best musical genres to date, hip-hop has indeed come a long way. A lyricist can do without a rhythm, that’s for sure, but a good rhythm remains, you know. Many professionals use Ableton Live for rap beat production. However, if you are a novice or someone who does not want to invest yet, Professional tools is the way to go. Look for the Zebralette plug-in for rap-focused sounds.
The powerhouse of electronic sound! EDM is a DAW-compatible genre, you might say. Still, the most used DAWs for this genre seem to be Ableton Live and FL Studio. Artists like Skrillex use Ableton while Krewella is everywhere FL Studio.
The music of immortals! Rock needs a simpler DAW compared to the rest in my opinion. The DAW combine rock the house here. LePou and MT Power Drum Kit are a few plugins you can check out.
Synth-wave is steadily gaining popularity, neon lights and nostalgia are irresistible after all. Here you are looking for samplers, drum machines and synthesizers. So plugins like SQ8L and drum machine samples are what you are looking for. When it comes to DAWs, FL Studio is most preferred.
If you just want to create music, Audacity and Pro Tools are the best bet since they’re free.
Artists who made it from DAW or similar
Steve Lacy has produced for J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Denzel Curry, and more. but he started out playing guitar and creating beats on his iPhone.
Niklas Åkerblad, also known as the artist El Huervo, has some of the most memorable tracks from the cult classic game Hotline Miami. He is a Swedish artist who makes paintings and soundtracks. His most famous track is probably Hotline Miami’s Daisuke. Prior to Hotline Miami, Niklas produced music for mobile games.
The unmistakable alias known as Trevor Something is a synth-wave musician. It hosts a catalog of sensational songs, such as Sega Genesis. He orchestrates his art through FL Studio and a few instruments like samplers and drum machines.
Music production is at your doorstep and your talent in everyone
Depending on your preferences, you can download any of the DAWs: Ableton 10 Live, Audacity, Reaper, etc. and literally start diving into your creativity. It’s amazing how accessible listening and creating music is. Once you have downloaded the DAW of your choice, start learning it via the Internet and familiarize yourself with it. Also, find some plugins here and there. Produce! Let the global gang buzz on social media. Music is a universal language, it’s time to start making it more obvious!
I am here to learn and have fun. Isn’t that life anyway?