Very interesting, and good blog about Notator HD, very cool.
As touched on here, we should remember the time, there was technically no concept of a DAW at that time, although we were moving in that direction. By that I am also referring to the term, Its something you see pop up often where people get confused between samplers, multitracks and DAWs, and I appreciate as to why. You often see people referring to samplers as DAWs, no they are samplers, etc... However as alluded to already on this post, the defining moment was D2D / HD recording, that's technically when the sampler started to evolve, and when the possibility of DAW technology began. It's a grey area and open to debate in some ways, however personally this how I would define it, again I appreciate it can be argued how we determine a DAW etc..:
Sampler - Technically the definition would be a tool / device used for digitising sound, typically shorter in length and saved to memory, both software and / or hardware based.
Mulititrack - A device to allow multiple tracks of audio recording, either analogue or digitally.
DAW - Meaning of course Digital Audio Workstation, is exclusive to recording multiple tracks digitally to HD, can be hardware and / or software based, has a central interface, and allows the ability to provide enough features for final 'mix down'.
However this is the grey area, the definition of DAW. Some subscribe to the idea if a DAW is a piece of hardware, it's not a DAW, some take it if it does not provide simultaneous MIDI along with audio it is not a DAW. You have people argue over whether NI's Maschine software is a DAW, and argue because you do not control it solely using a mouse it's not a DAW, ludicrous! OK that example technically is a hybrid of instrument / DAW, but to argue it is not a DAW because of its workflow is nonsense. Again it's technically a feature, although I fully appreciate MIDI Sequencer and D2D / HD Mulittrack convergence are features people would argue define a DAW.
For me personally, I do not subscribe to either, that's not to create a ruckus, but just what I would call pure by definition. After all, before the term DAW was coined, did we not have 'Digital Workstations' or 'Digital Studio Workstations', yes we did. These were DAWs before the term was used, they are digital by nature, have enough features such as effects to apply to final mix, have a central interface from which to allow editing to varying degrees. A lot of these were hardware based, and didn't offer MIDI tracks or operate with a mouse, yet offered digital multitrack recording, effects, digital mixing, a central interface and features for final mix down. Peoples expectation from a modern DAW (Software based, MIDI, Plug Ins, linear workflow), for me do not define what a DAW is absolute, but are an evolution thereof and features we want to exist in our modern DAWs..
The grey area of D2D / HD recorders are where the potentials of DAWs began, coupled with mulitrack ability (greater than stereo recording). Yes it's a grey area because that was the time of the evolution of these technologies, however the constants for a DAW for me are:
- Digital mulitrack recording,
- Additional features to assist with a final mix
- A central interface
- MIDI capability, whether this is external or offering internal MIDI tracks (contentious maybe)
Again this is not to go against anyones opinion, so please don't take any offence, just my purist view.
So where do Atari's Lynex, Sound Tools, ADAP and Plasmec and such like sit. The Lynex, an out and out sampler. The reality of the rest is they are just as mentioned, for the time simply D2D / HD recorders, or hybrids of, not quite a DAW, but the beginning of, not quite the definition of a traditional sampler because strictly speaking they do not save to RAM, but directly to HD, not quite a multitrack as typically they offer stereo at best. By today's standards however, they would simply be samplers. Would I have considered Notator HD as a DAW, why but of course, on the basis that would have offered enough features, in this instance MIDI and multitrack recording. Likewise of course CBXs under Cubase Audio, early DAWs as they offered enough features to warrant the term.
All interesting stuff, enjoyed that blog.
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