THIRD PARTY DEVICES, PLUGINS & DAW's
This week we will briefly look at what plugin's are and how you can use them in your DAW.
A DAW (digital audio workstation) is a piece of software or electronic device used for recording, editing and producing audio files.
Most modern DAWs have a central interface that allows the user to alter and mix multiple recordings and tracks into a final produced piece.
There are many different DAW's available, some free and some that come with a cost, it down to personal preference and how your work flow is regarding to what DAW you use. Here is a list of most popular DAWS.
THIRD PARTY DEVICES - PLUGINS
Plugins are made by developers which allow us to add modules and effects, in our case into our DAW, these additional devices and plugins can add more depth to our productions.
Effects & Instruments are mainly used as plugins, this allows us to process things differently with the different plugins that we want to use. There are many different companies or developers that all use similar but different algorithms in the coding of there plugins and this is what sets them all apart, nothing sounds the same which is a good thing and this is how a artist or soloist finds what works for them.
Instruments are used for synthesis e.g Moog Mini V, the Effects are used to emulate real-world hardware e.g Pultec passive EQ, Shadowhill master compressor, lexicon 224 digital reverb etc.
Plugins can be used the same way as their hardware counterparts, they are more flexible & cost less, granted you don't get the full replication of the hardware version but as technology is growing and growing the differences between hardware and software is getting closer and closer.
Plugins come I many different formats, these include, VST, VST3, RTAS, DXI, AAX & AU, If you are looking to start building your plugin collection up make sure you know what is compatible for your system & DAW before you purchase, most plugins installation process has a section where you can select from the 4 main formats, VST, RTAS, AAX & AU.
Audio plugins are great addition to producers, you don't have to spend a lot of money to get great emulations of classic hardware, you can use multiple plugins on different tracks, this compared to hardware where you would have to buy multiple units, i.e stereo, they give us more options to use to make music, using the plugins correctly can give our productions that overall polish.
Main sites where you can check overall plugins, latest deals and releases can be found below.
If your looking for a specific company/ developers then the main developers are listed below
There are many, many more plugins available, but the list above will point you in the right direction and where you can learn more about plugins.
Next week we will be looking at our track again and trying to utilise some of these plugins.
For more information about plugins and what the parameters are used for, please visit the effects section in the blog menu.