Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is the heart of the modern digital homestudio.

Desktop DAWs

Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Reason, Digital Performer are classic contenders for that sweet spot on your desktop. Feature rich and mature, they are also expensive for the homestudio novice.

Online DAWs

A new breed of DAWs is emerging. The online DAW.
DAWs that operate via your internet browser. Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer…
In infancy, they are generally feature poor and immature.

They are also a very promising breed!
Welcome freemium, online collaboration, rented plug-ins and online back-ups…

Some early contenders

Here is a (incomplete) list of some early contenders. Have a look:

AudioTool.com

AudioTool

Soundation.com

Soundation

AudioSauna.com

AudioSauna

And a hybrid…

The french editor Ohm Force proposes OhmStudio.
It is a free desktop DAW coupled with a highly collaborative website.
A V2 is promised to improve on the current version (that has its flaws)…

OhmStudio

All in all, it is a moving landscape.
Keep your eyes open 🙂