article and photo by: Jeff Watkins
DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
Broad term for any digital recorder that acts as a virtual studio. These typically offer a combination of software that acts as a mixing console and hardware that acts as microphone input and pre-amp. DAWs were previously used mostly by DIYers or geeky engineers, but they have infultrated all aspects of the music industry, and are found in everything from make-shift bedroom studios to the symphony hall sized studios used for movie scores.