Top 7 Cloud‐based Digital Audio Workstations

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The digital audio workstation (DAW) was a technological game changer in the field of audio editing and sound manipulation. The DAW adapted the complexities of the traditional studio into a streamlined interface and unified software platform. These days the DAW is a mainstay in the audio production world with familiar software platforms like Pro Tools, Logic, and FL Studio used by both bedroom enthusiasts and the world’s top producers alike

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Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Today the market has expanded into the unseen realm of the internet, via the cloud. Everything you love about audio software, can finally be accessed on your computer’s browser. Cloud-based DAWs boost productivity with features such as real time collaboration, multi-platform support, and further simplicity.

The following are the top 7 cloud-based DAWs for producers on the go.

7. UJAM

UJAM
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This cloud-based music software platform allows users to record catchy melodies and fiddle with onboard synthesizers to create music. With social media integration with Facebook and Google, UJAM features the ability to collaborate and share with friends. This offering is geared towards musicians on the go.

6. Dropin

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Source: dropin.fm.

Dropin features a realistic workstation, multitrack layout, and a mixing interface that bring cloud-based music editing to the next level.. The solution  can be accessed via desktop or smartphone/tablet. With Dropin, you can save your projects in the cloud and pick up where you left off on any device. Collaboration features allow you to work with an online community of artists, bands, and audio professionals.

5. AudioSauna

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Source: audiosauna.com.

AudioSauna’s impressive cloud-based audio sampler makes looping, layering, and importing a trivial affair. This free, full-featured DAW is is a highly competent solution capable of multitrack recordings, modulation, and MIDI. AudioSauna runs as a Flash or Google Chrome app.

4. Soundtrap

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Source: soundtrap.com.

If you want simplicity without undermining quality, SoundTrap may be the perfect cloud-based DAW. Just like AudioSauna, Soundtrap has every music production tool for getting the job done. Additionally, the solution allows users to offer production lessons with podcast integration, and even offers Spotify and iTunes publishing opportunities to help get your music heard.

3. Soundation Studio

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When dealing with audio production,  expansion capabilities are more often required for handling  intricate projects. Soundation offers an impressive package of preloaded loops and samples with upgradeable purchase packs. If you are relatively familiar with common DAWs, Soundation will make you feel right at home. The Chrome app also offers a live recording capability not found in the Flash browser plugin version.

2. Ohm Studio

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Ohm Studio is a unique hybrid between cloud-based and software downloaded and installed on the desktop. Even though Ohm isn’t entirely cloud-based, the offering nonetheless integrates networking and live collaboration extremely well. Need a vocalist or a guitarist? Ohm helps producers achieve their dream by allowing them to connect with many talented musicians without having to exchange files.

1. AudioTool

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A competent cloud-based DAW must  be capable of holding its own against traditional DAWs. When it comes to cloud-based DAWs, most do not offer a wide variety of synths and effects. This is certainly not the case with AudioTool—you will never run out of possibilities when working with its 50,000 device presets and 250,000 loops.  And with frequent updates and releases, , this cloud-based DAW is constantly being improved.. Other benefits  include easy collaboration, track storage in AudioTool’s cloud, and support for various browsers.

 

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  1. Great article. There certainly is a plentiful selection of cloud-based DAWs these days. Here’s another one: https://splice.com/

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