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Wednesday, November 15 • 11:20 - 12:10
Why you shouldn’t write a DAW

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There are surprisingly few DAWs in the music making world, especially when compared to the number of audio plugins on the market. Why is this? Could it be that all the DAWs in existence are perfect and there’s no need for another one? Perhaps there’s another reason…

In this talk we dive behind the UI/UX to take a deeper look at the technology that underpins DAWs. We’ll take a tour of some of the problems they solve, often transparently to the user, and some of the technical concepts they have to navigate in order to keep music makers in the groove.

Finally, we look at what alternatives there might be if you want to build a product that looks a bit like a DAW and why not building from scratch might save you a lot of time and money.

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David Rowland

CTO, Tracktion
Dave Rowland is the CTO at Audio Squadron (owning brands such as Tracktion and Prism Sound), working primarily on the digital audio workstation, Waveform and the engine it runs on. Other projects over the years have included audio plugins and iOS audio applications utilising JUCE... Read More →

Wednesday November 15, 2023 11:20 - 12:10 GMT
Track 1, Auditorium