4. DAW Hardware
- Define the basic structure of a Digital Audio Workstation.
- Describe latency, its sources and ways
to improve it.
- Compare and contrast the three methods of audio processing.
- Describe the purpose of the audio driver.
- Identify the different types of drivers.
- Compare the different types of hardware interfaces.
- Compare the use of graphical and physical interfaces.
Chapter 5.5-5.7, Desktop
Audio Technology - Rumsey
- Audio processor
- Audio interface
- User interface
Native or Host-based Systems
Example: MOTU Digital Performer
Example: Pro Tools HD/TDM systems
Example: TC Works PowerCore
Interfaces and Converters
Inputs and Outputs
- What is available?
- What is needed?
- Conversion is important aspect of the interface
- Which computer?
- Which version of OS?
- Software support? 3rd party or Manufacturer?
- What is its function?
- Some common driver systems:
- ASIO (Audio Streaming Input and Output) and EASI
- TDM, DAE
Interface Hardware Types or Methods
- Built-in Audio
- PCI Interfaces
- External Interfaces
- What is Latency ?
- What is the source of latency?
- What is acceptible?
- How can latency be improved?