Digital audio workstations, an essential modern tool today, has become a must.
In this article, we will look at the use of these software in the area of drums.
What is a DAW ?
A DAW, for “digital audio workstation”, is a software that allows to record, edit, and mix audio tracks.
There are many DAW software programs, the best known being Reaper, Cubase, Ableton, Logic, Pro Tools or Garageband.
Although they are different, the interface of a digital audio worksation always remains essentially the same: it is possible to view tracks, record, add effects, or even program an audio track from scratch.
Digital audio workstations can be classified into several categories: free, industrial or specialized.
Free DAWs include Reaper, Audacity and Garageband.
If you are familiar with these names, it is because we have written tutorials on how to connect Senstroke to Reaper or Garageband.
Indeed, even if they are free, these software are MIDI over Bluetooth compatible. This means that you can use Bluetooth instruments sending MIDI files into the digital audio workstation.
For example, it is possible to create a complete drum partition by connecting Senstroke sensors to your DAW.
These free software also have their specific features: Garageband is available only for MacOS and iOS users, while Reaper is open source software and is fully customizable.
Pro Tools and Logic are the most widely used industrial software on the market. They also allow MIDI over Bluetooth connection, as well as easy sharing due to their large number of users worldwide.
Finally, other digital audio workstations are more specialized, such as Nuendo.
Connect Senstroke to a digital audio workstation
When we designed the Senstroke sensors, it became obvious to us that they should be compatible with existing DAW software.
This is why sensors transmit MIDI over Bluetooth when in use.
This feature allows the Senstroke user to connect the sensors to any digital audio workstation.
Indeed, except for a few exceptions, these are MIDI over Bluetooth. It is therefore possible, after configuring the kit via the Senstroke application, to enjoy all the features of your favorite MAO software.
For example, it is possible to record a drum track with Senstroke sensors directly into the DAW software, then mix, correct, apply effects, etc.
It is therefore also possible to record an entire song directly as part of a studio recording or Internet sharing.
By the way, feel free to tell us which song you would like to see covered on drums with Senstroke sensors !
To connect the sensors to your DAW software, it’s easy: after connecting the sensors to the computer using our SensorConnect software, you just need to find the “MIDI Devices” tab.
This is most often found in the software’s preferences or options. Then select “SensorConnect”. The sensors are now connected !
Now that you know what is a digital audio workstation, you can share your music easily around the world.
Stay tuned for the rest of this special focus on DAWs. You can also learn more about Senstroke through our Redison Blog.
Until then, keep on drumming !