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DAW Terminology Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Foundational Terms

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    AD/DA Converter

    This video covers the basics of analog to digital and digital to analog converters. This video also covers what they are used for.

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    Audio Interface

    Learn what an audio interface is and how it is used in a recording studio.

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    Storage

    This video covers the basic data storage devices commonly used in recording studios.

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    DAW

    Learn what a digital audio workstation is and the basics of how a DAW functions.

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    Session Files

    This video covers what a session file for a DAW is and how they are used to store your recording projects.

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    Tempo & BPM

    Thomas explains what tempo and BPM are; as well as how they can be used to adjust the overall speed of a song.

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    MIDI & MIDI Tracks

    Lean the basics of MIDI and MIDI tracks. This video also covers how MIDI is used to control both instruments and software during the production process.

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    Sequencer

    In this video, learn what the sequencer is in a DAW is and how it is used to provide structure.

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    Audio File Formats

    Lean the various audio file recording formats that are commonly used when recording and producing music.

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    Editing

    Learn the basics of the audio editing process and how audio clips can be adjusted in the sequencer of the DAW.

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    Comping

    Thomas shows how comping is used to adjust sections of a recorded performance, or how it can be used to craft entirely new performances from recorded audio clips.

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    Mixer

    In this video, Thomas covers the basics of the mixer section in a DAW. Learn what a mixer is and how it is used to adjust audio levels for your recording projects.

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    Pan

    Thomas explains what panning is and how it is used in musical projects to place the different parts of a song in the stereo field.

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    Mute & Solo

    Learn what mute and solo are on the mixer and how they are used in recording projects. / for your songs.

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    Mixing

    This video shows how the process of mixing can be used to make a collection of audio recordings sound more balanced and interesting.

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    Mastering

    Learn what mastering is and how it is used to finalize recorded audio projects.

Chapter 2 : Effects

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    Effects

    This video covers what effects are and how they can be used to adjust sounds in recording projects.

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    Equalizer / EQ

    Thomas covers what an equalizer is and how it is used to adjust audio recordings.

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    Compressor

    This video covers what a compressor effect is and how it is used.

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    Limiter

    Learn the basics of limiters and how they can be used to make tracks sound louder.

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    Reverb

    Thomas shows what reverb is and how it's used to give audio a sense of space.

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    Delay

    This video covers what delay is and how it can be used in audio recordings.

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    Pitch & Time Processing

    Learn the basics of Auto-Tune and sequencer based pitch editors.

Chapter 3 : Advanced Terms

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    Piano Roll & MIDI Sequencer

    Thomas covers the basics of MIDI sequencers and how they are used to create melodic parts for your songs.

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    Metronome & Click Track

    Learn what a metronome is and how it is used while recording.

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    Quantize

    This video explains the quantize feature in the MIDI sequencer and how it is used automatically to adjust the timing of MIDI information in the digital audio workstation, creating a good feel and groove.

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    Decibel & Decibel Level

    In this video, learn what a decibel is and how it is used to measure audio level in a DAW.

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    Clipping

    Discover what clipping is, how it can effect the sound of your audio, and how it can be avoided.

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    Mono & Stereo Audio

    Learn the difference between mono and stereo audio recordings.

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    Surround Sound

    This video covers what surround sound is and how it is used to give recorded audio a three dimensional sound.

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    Plug-Ins & Plug-In Formats

    Learn the different formats available for plug-ins found inside your DAW.

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    Send, Return, & Aux Tracks

    Learn what send, return, and aux tracks are and how they are used for better effect workflow.

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    Bus & Group Channel

    In this video, Thomas covers the basics of bus and group channels, as well as how they are used when mixing projects.

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    Automation & Automation Lanes

    Learn how automation and automation lanes are used to create movement in the sequencer of the DAW.

Product Overview


DAW Terminology Explained™ is your definition based resource for quickly finding the meaning of common digital audio workstation and pro audio terms, features and functions! This growing collection of terminology definitions are short and sweet, and are designed for the beginner, to make sure you understand the basics and foundations of modern recording technology.

Thomas Cochran takes you through all the basic terms you need to recognize and understand, so you have the knowledge to operate your DAW and associated hardware, regardless of the manufacturer.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re new to recording audio and DAWs, you need to know what the basic tools and names mean, so checkout and reference “DAW Terminology Explained®” today.


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Br0Haha
Submitted 6 months ago

Excellent introduction

Am new to the world of DAW's. Lot's of really helpful information here, well-presented.


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Fricative
Submitted 7 months ago

It's good

Really good. Although I knew most of this already, I wanted to see if there were little tips and tricks that I didn't know about - and there were! So overall well worth watching. I just wish I could teach this guy how to pronounce 'digital'...


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Mark arneson
Submitted 7 months ago

Awesome...right to the point!

Great series...helps refresh my memory and has taught me some new things .... Great job!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Digital Performer


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dskrid
Submitted 7 months ago

Awesome!

Finally someone explains clearly the purpose of various effects and how they enhance the mix.

I am a: Beginner


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Ajimbura
Submitted 7 months ago

Well explained

I good video series for all the essentials. Nothing new if you have worked with audio and music for some time but gives a good overview of the language used in these field of work.

I am a: Professional, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools


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Krishnas
Submitted 7 months ago

Ver Helpful

Fantastic , Easy to understand

I am a: Student


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Br0Haha
Submitted 6 months ago

Excellent introduction

Am new to the world of DAW's. Lot's of really helpful information here, well-presented.

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Fricative
Submitted 7 months ago

It's good

Really good. Although I knew most of this already, I wanted to see if there were little tips and tricks that I didn't know about - and there were! So overall well worth watching. I just wish I could teach this guy how to pronounce 'digital'...

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Mark arneson
Submitted 7 months ago

Awesome...right to the point!

Great series...helps refresh my memory and has taught me some new things .... Great job!

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Digital Performer

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dskrid
Submitted 7 months ago

Awesome!

Finally someone explains clearly the purpose of various effects and how they enhance the mix.

I am a: Beginner

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Access to Videos
 
 
 
 
 

Ajimbura
Submitted 7 months ago

Well explained

I good video series for all the essentials. Nothing new if you have worked with audio and music for some time but gives a good overview of the language used in these field of work.

I am a: Professional, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Pro Tools

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Krishnas
Submitted 7 months ago

Ver Helpful

Fantastic , Easy to understand

I am a: Student

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Thomas Cochran electronic musician and multi instrumentalist from Austin Texas, who now lives in Los Angeles. He focuses on creating electronic music that features both ambient and classical influences.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing music at a young age, starting with classical guitar. This started my love for music and eventually expanded into learning other instruments as well. To date, I have had over ten years of classical experience and training as well as additional instrumental experience.

2. What training have you had?

I grew up studying classical guitar and composition and eventually started applying my classical knowledge to learning other instruments as well, ranging from violin, cello, keys, and drums.

3. When did you get intro recording?

I got into recording out of necessity when me and some friends started a band back in high school and couldn't afford studio time. Through this, I learned about music production and recording and haven't looked back since.

4. Why are you so good at training people?

I love learning about the technical aspects of music production, this helps me understand the how music production works under the hood. I have also worked for several years creating music production tutorials online.

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    DAW Terminology Explained™ is your definition based resource for quickly finding the meaning of common digital audio workstation and pro audio terms, features and functions! This growing collection of terminology definitions are short and sweet, and are designed for the beginner, to make sure you understand the basics and foundations of modern recording technology.

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DAW Terminology Explained® is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent introduction Am new to the world of DAW's. Lot's of really helpful information here, well-presented.
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from It's good Really good. Although I knew most of this already, I wanted to see if there were little tips and tricks that I didn't know about - and there were! So overall well worth watching. I just wish I could teach this guy how to pronounce 'digital'...
Date published: 2019-04-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome...right to the point! Great series...helps refresh my memory and has taught me some new things .... Great job!
Date published: 2019-04-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome! Finally someone explains clearly the purpose of various effects and how they enhance the mix.
Date published: 2019-04-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well explained I good video series for all the essentials. Nothing new if you have worked with audio and music for some time but gives a good overview of the language used in these field of work.
Date published: 2019-04-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Ver Helpful Fantastic , Easy to understand
Date published: 2019-04-16
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