Many schools are now “BYOD” which stands for bring your own device. Students bring their own devices such as phones, iPads and laptops. This means that they can open up a browser and access many of the DAWS that are available through a browser. The fact that it is so accessible is great for music education in the classroom as students can experience a few DAWs that they can use by just typing in a browser.
SOUNDTRAP https://www.soundtrap.com/ is a DAW that is available by a browser.
There are many loops available on Soundtrap which is great as the variety is stimulating. Specific styles of loops can be filtered by genre as well so you can find the sound that you really want. Soundtrap also enables you to invite friends to collaborate on certain projects which is great in a classroom as you can set group tasks for peer learning!
SOUNDATION https://soundation.com/ is another DAW that is available by browser.
In the lecture, I focused on laying around on Soundation with my classmate Cass.
I found Soundation very user friendly, and very similar to other DAWS like Garageband and Cubase. Tracks to the left, recordings on the right and there were a lot of tracks. However choosing the instruments was on the right hand side in library.
Below is a screenshot of what Cass and I recorded for fun in class!
Hear the audio here:
AUDIOTOOL https://www.audiotool.com/ is another DAW available by browser.
I didn’t really play around with it as much as I did on Soundation, but Audiotool also has a big library with loops and sounds that you can choose from.
The layout is very clear and you can choose from many effects and your project will be shown on the bottom middle.