July 6th, 2010 – These days, web technologists seem to be hyped up about “computing in the cloud”. The main idea of it is that we will only have devices that allow us to access the internet, and all our applications and files will be stored and processed in a giant rack of servers online. Some of the benefits touted are: (a) cheaper personal devices, (b) access to your files anywhere you go, and (c) powerful processing takes place on computers built for it, and not on a device that goes out of date immediately after you buy it.
This is an interesting development for people who produce music because, not only does having all your projects online make collaborating easier, it means that processor heavy productions can be taken care of off site; your personal computer will only have to be able to stream audio at an appropriate quality.
While there are an increasing amount of online music production tools, I don’t think any have gotten past the curio stage. Most don’t have many effects options, and don’t allow you to load your own plugins, and all are simplistic like Garageband. Obviously current online tools aren’t able to keep up with Ableton, Logic, or Protools, but they may someday.
My question to you is, do you use online DAWs currently? Would you consider switching to one if you could get the same work done as a locally installed DAW? Personally, I prefer keeping it all on my computer, but I can certainly see the allure. Maybe I’d switch when the technology is more mature and offers professional level routing. What’s your take?