Recording Audio in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) - dummies

Recording Audio in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

By Ryan C. Williams, Mike Levine

Every DAW handles recording audio a little differently, but they all follow the same basic steps. The tasks remain the same — only the apps change:

  1. Select the input to record.

    You need to specify which input the track is to take audio from.


  2. Test the audio level.

    Play some audio through the track and make sure the incoming signal isn’t too loud and causing distortion.

  3. Enable the track to record.

    To make sure you don’t accidentally record audio (or record over audio you already recording), you must enable (also called arming) the track to record.


  4. Press Record.

    When everything is in place, hit the Record button and make some music! Just remember to press Stop when you’re done, so you don’t have to make edits later.