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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
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