In recent years, the digital audio workstation (DAW) has come to signify an integrated computer-based hard-disk recording system that commonly offers a wide and ever-changing number of production features. Keeping step with the modern-day truism "technology marches on", the hardware and software specs of a computer and the connected peripherals continue to change at an ever-increasing pace. One of the most amazing characteristics of the digital age is miniaturization. One of the more recent advances in audio and systems connectivity in the studio and on stage revolves around the concept of communicating audio over the Ethernet (AoE). When discussing the audio interface as a production tool, it's important that we touch on the issue of latency. Hardware controller types generally mimic the design of an audio mixer in that they offer slide or rotary gain faders, pan pots, solo/mute, channel select buttons. Most digital audio workstations are capable of recording sound files in mono, stereo, surround or multichannel formats.