Or rather, NOT RUNNING VISTA ON A DAW. A DAW, or digital audio workstation, consists of a personal computer and all related software and hardware used to record, edit, mix, and generally produce audio content. One of the most important aspects of your DAW is your choice of DAW software. For Windows, there are many options. Cubase, Sony ACID, Reason, Ableton, Cakewalk Sonar, etc. Until recently most of these applications simply didn’t run well on Vista. Finally, many of them are beginning to support Vista, but not my personal favorite, Cubase SX3.
Of course, I could switch DAW apps, since most provide similar functionality, but just like non-linear video editors (or OS’s for that matter), you get intimately close to the way a certain one works, and your whole workflow runs around the app, so switching can be awful. I have tried Cakewalk Sonar (versions 6 and 7), which work fine on Vista, but I just can’t get used to it. Perhaps the new Cubase (version 4 I believe) supports Vista, but I can’t afford it, and apparently no one has been able to work their magic and make it available online for a VERY affordable price, if you catch my drift. So for now, I’ll be running a secondary desktop with Windows XP and Cubase SX3.
Oh, and speaking of Vista and DAW’s, I’m not familiar with a lot of recording interfaces, but it seems that many either don’t have fully functional Vista drivers, or are just now releasing them (not that Vista’s been out for a year). My recording interface, the Presonus Firepod, has been providing a Vista driver for a few months now, thankfully.