What is a DAW?
A DAW, short for digital audio workstation, is a music production software that is best used for recording, editing and producing audio tracks.
The usual interface consists of a track layout that enables you to work on different instruments per lane and a separate window for adding plugins and mixing the volume, pan and other parameters of these lanes.
You can further extend the power of your DAW with audio plug-ins from 3rd parties which can range from virtual instrument emulations to effect plugins.
The first DAW was created in the 1970s, so the various products developed a lot since then and technology had to come a long way until products were affordable not only to premium sound studios, but also low-end consumers nowadays.
In the picture above, you can see a classic DAW setup for a home studio including professional speakers, headphones, a MIDI keyboard and a volume knob for controlling the sound output. I would estimate the costs of the equipment to be about $1000.
When you want to start out with music producing, you need to know that there will be some upfront investments necessary for the gear, since default laptop audio speakers don't produce audio frequencies across the whole spectrum.
Have fun browsing the website and contact me if it inspired you to start with producing your own music!