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Basics – Hardware

Besides audio interfaces, as already discussed, there is of course a whole range of hardware that can be involved in the production and mixing process. For example: effects units, mixers, controllers and electronic instruments.  Most relevant to mixing is the control surface.  This is a device with sliders, knobs and buttons, which give physical control of the DAW.  It means, for example, that you can move faders as you would on a mixing desk, and the software records your gestures, and replays the mix, using ‘automation record’. 

One hybrid system, which is not itself a DAW, but is worth mentioning purely because of how accessible it is, is Komplete Kontrol, from Native Instruments.   This is a combination of a music keyboard with software that allows speech access to the thousands of sounds in its library.  You can find more here:

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Peter Bosher

Peter Bosher

Sound engineer, musician and trainer in accessible music technology. I hope to contribute to SWS by sharing experience of access to equipment and software, including ProTools from Avid. I also hope to learn from others through networking and information sharing.