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Re: Yet another new free VST looper

At 1:45 PM +0100 2/6/05, Per Boysen wrote:

>  DAW's were originally Mac only.


The first Digital Audio Workstations were developed as one-off or 
limited-run systems at research centers such as Bell Labs and various 
universities during the 1970s and early 1980s. There were no Macs 
until 1984.

The term "workstation" as applied to computer music doesn't seem to 
have come into vogue until around 1982-83 (at least in my personal 
experience). Up to that point most computer music was done either in 
batch systems, using punch cards, or in time-share systems with 
multiple terminals attached to a central mainframe. The "workstation" 
concept was based on having a single-user computer with its own 
storage and audio converters. Some of the first examples I saw were 
on Sun (UCSD) and Hewlett-Packard (MIT) computers, and later on the 
NeXT cube with Ariel DSP cards (the IRCAM Signal Processing 
Workstation, or ISPW).

>The first DAW available for a Windows based computer was "Session 
>8", as I recall.

Maybe so, maybe not. When was Session 8 for Windows released? 
WaveFrame came out in 1987.

>A "DAW" is multi channel, a opposed to a "sample editor" like cool 
>edit, peak, sound forge etc.

Also wrong. A digital audio workstation is any single-user computer 
system dedicated to audio work. It doesn't matter how many "tracks" 
it has or what the particulars of its HW/SW architecture might be. 
Note that there was nothing about the workstation concept that 
married it to a multitrack recording/editing paradigm. In fact, most 
of the early workstations focused more on digital synthesis and 
processing (though digital recording and editing was part of the mix 
from at least the mid-1970s).

Richard Zvonar, PhD
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