July 3rd, 2011 | by Chris Kennedy

Recording Your Voice – Some Key Terms

DAW
Digital Audio Workstation. Nowadays this usually refers to the computer software used to record and mix your music on.

Midi
Musical Instrument Digital Interface. Commonly used to connect keyboards to your computer and send digital information to a computer about the notes played, their positions and volumes. This information can then be played back though a range of different sounds whilst retaining the notes of the original performance.

Overdub
The process of recording over an existing audio recording often to correct a mistake in the original performance.

Recording Quality
Typically measured by the sample rate (in kHz) and sample size (bit depth) of an audio recording, with higher figures indicating a higher quality. e.g. CD quality is 16bit 44.1kHz whereas DVD quality is typically 24bit 96kHz.

Time Stretching
Time stretching is the process of changing the tempo of an audio recording whilst keeping its original pitch. This software feature is usually accompanied by the capability to change the pitch of a recording without altering its tempo as well.

VST

Steinberg’s Virtual Studio Technology (VST) enables 3rd-party effects to run within your chosen DAW. As well as the many commercial options, there is also a growing number of free VST effects that can be useful to vastly expand the built-in effects on your DAW. In addition to VST Effects, some DAW’s also support VST Instruments (VSTi). These allow you to perform on a virtual instrument via MIDI or via programming. Again there is a range of both commercial and free options available.

WAV file
Standard file type used for uncompressed audio recordings on PCs.

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