The History of Sound Recording

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The History of Sound Recording The methods used to produce, edit, and record music and sound have changed with the introduction of new sound technology. The compatibility of computer technology with music recording has led to large scale developments in computer-based systems, especially by home users. Modern computer technology in music and audio is fundamentally different in comparison to older magnetic tape recording techniques because it is digital. New computerised digital methods are significantly better at manipulating sound (editing, recording, etc) than the highest fidelity analogue tape methods of the past. Instruments nowadays are generally considered easier to play than their predecessors hundreds of years ago (due to quality manufactured parts, and standardisation of music notation). Computer technology has not affected traditional human instrumental sound production. Only its recording and reproduction. One of the most important features of the introduction of computers in music and audio is the way in which sound is recorded digitally, as opposed to analogue. Digital sampling allows for recorded sounds to be reproduced almost exactly as they were Also once a sound has been sampled it's sound wave can then be displayed on the computer screen. The commercialisation of software that can record and edit sound at an affordable price means that people can utilise a virtual studio which far outdates the recording equipment 50 years ago for many times the cost. The 'wave' presentation of the recorded sound has revolutionised sound editing techniques. The process of selecting parts of a recorded sound and 'trimming' for ex... ... middle of paper ... ...There have been ongoing legal (and court room) debates over this issue. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is trying to sue Kazaa and others in court. An RIAA representative said in court, "Sharman and its cohort Kazaa, which built the world's largest piracy network, premised on flouting copyright laws and not obtaining licensees…". The ongoing development of the MIDI standard has given almost all new computer buyers the resource of basic synthesised instruments stored on the motherboard or soundcard. The MIDI standard gives the computer a set of instructions (sometimes called an algorithm) on how to reproduce an instrument sound. MIDI sounds can be brought together to create songs using sequencing software. MIDI can also be used to control external devices e.g. Sound Module (e.g. EMU Proteus 2000).

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