DAW stands for Digital Audio Workstation. A DAW is a software program used to record and edit audio.
Think of a DAW as the canvas on which you arrange sounds into a musical work that can be saved and shared with others. Examples of common DAWs include the following:
- Logic Pro X
- Ableton Live
- Pro Tools
- FL Studio
Which DAW should I get?
Generally, all DAW's offer the same functionality, allowing you to record, arrange and share audio, however, each has its own perks and quirks. Some DAWs, such as GarageBand, are free to use. Others may come bundled with your purchase of a MIDI Keyboard.
If you do not have a DAW, or are still getting familiar with your current DAW, we encourage you to check out the following guide: Learning Resources For Common DAWs
DAWs and Arcade
While the standalone version of Arcade allows you to explore and play sounds, you will need a DAW in order to record and share those sounds. To do this, load Arcade within your DAW as an instrument plug-in.
Loading Arcade within your DAW will allow you to create multi-track recordings, which involves layering different sounds/patterns on top of one another. For example, a song with drums, bass, and guitar is a multi-track recording.