I signed up for a sound engineering class for next year because I like the concept of mixing music and technology. So I decided to try my hand at some DAWs during summer to prepare myself. I found a browser based DAW to work with but the problem is I have no idea how to get started. So I'd appreciate it if anyone could me some info. Articles online, personal experience, anything really.
It depends on the DAW, they all function differently. They all have their similarities but it'd help if you actually said what DAW you're using (I'm gonna assume Pro Tools is what you're going to end up using in your class but you've gotta buy that first)
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Get hold of REAPER (it's damn cheap) and read all the documentation you can. But ultimately nothing is better than experience.
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Get hold of REAPER (damn cheap) and read all the documentation you can. But ultimately nothing is better than experience.

This. Reaper is very easy to learn and most of the workflow is very transferable to Cubase.

Pro Tools, on the other hand... Nothing like any other DAW.
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If you are serious about sound design in particular, then I recommend Live.

It's basically synonymous for routing w/e through w/e with your mind being the limit.

It's also very intuitive, once you are passed the beginning stage, which can be achieved within 3 months (ie. Where everything is located, and general interface).

It also has Max/Msp integrated, which is basically THE Programming language of sound (think Sound controlling lighting, sound being processed on different controllers, intervallic time based sound on real world events, think Theatre).

For more advice on sound design I suggest scour the market for some old synths, can't beat that sound experimenting goodness.

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The best thing to do would be to try out a bunch of different DAWs. Ultimately they all offer the same functions, just different layouts etc. So look around at all the different ones available, watch a bunch of youtube videos, 'perfectly legally' obtain them and try them yourself.

I just finished a music tech college course (that's English college, not American.) The college I was at used Logic Pro 9, but I find personally that I much prefer Cubase. They both do the same stuff, I just prefer Cubase personally.