- Before computers, producers recorded to tape and had to edit with scissors and adhesive.cassette image by Oleg Verbitsky from Fotolia.com
Classic rock records were recorded with analog gear. Though working in analog can be expensive and tedious, many producers and engineers insist that it adds a warmth and realness to music that digital equipment can't offer.
- With the invention of the MP3 player, almost all music is turned into zeros and ones.mp3 player msi black image by patrimonio designs from Fotolia.com
Digital recording is nondestructive. You can undo, copy or paste with a mouse click. Digital guitar amps and keyboards have "patches"--preprogrammed sounds--built into them, making it easier than ever to find the right sound and tone.
Musical Instrument Digital Interface
- Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) keyboards send information (velocity, length, pitch) to a computer just like a normal keyboard, but they do not send audio. This means that you can choose a saxophone or a drum kit patch on your computer and play it with a keyboard.
- Music production is slowly becoming more accessible to the average consumer.home recording image by Rachwalski Andrzej from Fotolia.com
The sound quality gap between a professional studio and a home studio is narrowing. With the purchase of a digital interface, laptop and one high-quality microphone, musicians don't have to spend thousands of dollars in the studio.
Buying the Right Gear
- Most digital equipment quickly depreciates in value, while certain analog pieces are expensive but appreciate like vintage cars. Always buy hard-shell cases for your equipment.