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date: 28 February 2021

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This chapter identifies and discusses key emergent trends associated with the development of music software. The implications of these trends and priorities are discussed in relation to the end use of the software. Specific case studies of DAW (digital audio workstation) software are used as exemplars of software trends in the wider music field. Topics explored include: interfaces, commercial pressures, software bloat, hardware emulation, software design paradigms, technical developments, intelligent assistance and programming priorities. The chapter concludes with some speculation on the future extrapolation of these emergent music software trends.

Keywords: DAW, digital audio workstation, ProTools, Cubase, Logic, music software, interface, audio, computer music

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