A Brief History of Audio Production

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A Brief History of Audio Production

By | March 2011
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What is audio production? You might wonder because it incorporates a wide area, for example producing (creating) music, or recording a voice for commercial purposes or even a vocal for a song falls under audio production because it covers anything to do with sound.

Now we shall look at audio production from it roots to the present stage as to where it is and how and who contributed to its improvement.

The first recording of a human voice was recorded by Edison in 1877 when he recorded “Mary had a little lamb” on a tinfoil cylinder phonograph, but the first recording device created to record as we now call it the “Musical box” which was created by a swiss watch maker in 1796 named “Smooth Nikola” From there onwards recording has advanced in leaps and bounds from the to the wax cylinder to the ADAT to the HI8 to and now onto our pc’s hard disk.

The Evolution Of The Audio/Music Industry.

In 1857, Leon Scott invented the ‘phonoautograph’ the first device to record sound, it used a membrane made of steel which vibrated to to the output of sound, it was attached to a pen, which made a pattern that looked similar to a waveform onto a roll of paper. The only drawback was it couldn’t immediately playback the recording. In 1877 Edison following the principles of the phonoautograph invented the phonograph, it was a device with a cylinder covered with a soft material like tin foil, lead or wax on which a stylus drew. When the stylus drew the depth on the cylinder which corresponded to the change in the air pressure created by the original sound when it was recorded. It was also able to playback what it had recorded by retracing a needle through the indentation created and amplifying it through mechanical means. The disadvantage was the difficulty in mass producing the cylinders. This changed with the invention of the gramophone which was patented by Emile Berliner in 1887. Unlike the phonoautograph this device imprinted its grooves on the...