Hello, I am a sound engineer in South Korea.
Recently, while working, I was tinkering with something and couldn’t understand it, so I decided to use the
so I thought I’d leave a question here.
Basically, I have been thinking that there is no difference in sound quality between DAWs.
Even if the coding of the basic audio engine algorithm is different.
I thought that the sound quality would not be much different.
However, something happened recently that changed my mind significantly.
I’m a Studio one user, and I’ve been experimenting with mixing and mastering
all of my mixing and mastering in that DAW.
Then one day I got curious.
As an experiment, I went from Studio one → converter out → converter in → Logic Pro X
I set up a chain like this and printed it out.
The sound was completely different.
Shocked by this, I set up all my environments the same
Studio One → Converter Out → Converter in → Multiple DAWs (Protools, Waveslab, Acon Acuostica)
I tested several different DAWs.
Naturally, there were some meaningless sound differences, but some of them were definitely significant.
My point is not which DAW has the better sound.
I want to know why there is such a difference.
Note that all DAW sessions are formatted in
for all DAWs.
Also. In my main DAW, Studio One
I printed the tone generator at 1,000hz -20dBFS.
All DAW input meters also showed -20dBFS.
But the character of the printed tone is different.
The bottom line is that the sound pressure, the musicality, changes a lot.
Or am I missing something?
Please give me some knowledge.