This should be interesting. For years I have been using various DAW’s (both Mac & Windows formats) as an individual, part of a production team or as a co-worker at a Music Technology Lab at UNI. I’ve seen and heard the term many times but in reality what does ‘industry standard’ really mean?
Here are my views:
That is a tem only used by professionals, producers and marketers to convince you to use their product.
From my experience any DAW that gets the job done with a UI that does not inhibit my workflow (intuitive, least amount of steps) and outputs the quality I’m looking for is good enough for me. After using various DAW’s for years I found one that works with me and I’m a big fan of it - completing a lot of projects with it as well.
Once you learn the basics of one DAW you’ve basically learnt them all. It’s just a matter of where things are located. That also means that all the top-tier DAW’s are just a matter of taste for the end user - not really a distinctive factor for the ‘industry standard’ term.
Saying that you’ve used an ‘Industry Standard’ DAW as part of the production process to an average listener would mean nothing to them. In fact they may not care at all about the production process! All that matters to the average listener is that if they can bob their heads up and down then the music is good.
So … for DAW’s what do you think the term ‘Industry Standard’ means to you?