Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, Ableton, Kitchen Sync, Cappaudiccino. What DAW? Ok, so the last two are made up – but does what DAW you use really matter?
Ok, so the last two are made up – but does what you use really matter?
This was prompted by a post in a Facebook group from a friend of mine Alastair (who has been on the podcast if you haven’t heard). He asked “What DAW are you using for your Radio Imaging?” and created a poll… within an hour it’d had 80+ votes…
This got me thinking, does it really matter?
In my time as a producer, I’ve used many. I started on Cool Edit Pro back in the early 2000s. Later I changed to Nuendo before migrating to Pro Tools around 2009. Since then I’ve experimented with Reaper, Ableton and even Audacity. While each has a learning curve in terms of hotkeys and workflows the one thing I haven’t noticed is an experience to creative ability.
While each DAW had a learning curve in terms of hotkeys and workflows the one thing I haven’t noticed is an experience to creative ability. In fact, understanding how to work within multiple DAW’s allowed me to solidify creative approaches to various technical situations.
Processing a voice. How it looks might be different, but the sound I want to create remains the same.
Making a beatmatch. A DAW might have built-in tools to help me or not, but I am confident in my own ears to be able to make something work whatever the tool.
Building a song intro. I don’t need all the fancy tricks under the sun to make a solid and powerful piece. As long as the message is the most important thing, I can find a way to build one in any DAW.
And so on.
Now, there will always be personal preference – mine is Pro Tools – but I know that I am capable of producing the same kind of work that I do in whatever DAW I need to use. (I’m not sure I could cut tape to make some of the stuff I do though!)
There is no one DAW that is better than the others. Just one DAW that you prefer over others. To that end, anything you read or learn about Radio Imaging is absolutely applicable to all DAW’s.
What DAW? It doesn’t matter.