HON 202 Final-Technology in Music.docx - Riggins 1 Jake Riggins HON 202 Dr Debonis 03 May 2017 Digital Recording Technology in Music Music is something

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Jake Riggins HON 202 - Dr. Debonis 03 May 2017 Digital Recording: Technology in Music Music is something that has always been appealing to me. From the time I learned to play guitar when I was nine until now as a member of the Renaissance Bluegrass band, I have been interested in how the music I listen to gets produced and manufactured all around the world. I have found that this production of music is made possible by the technology of audio recording. There have been many ways to record music over the years, and as the technology around us has evolved, so has the quality of the music. Of the different types of recording systems that have been used, two remain prominent today—analog recording and digital recording. In this essay, I want to focus on how digital recording is the best way to record music today, as opposed to analog recording. Since coming to Bethel I have developed a passion for the recording studio. I am majoring in Music Industry Production and Technology, and from the moment I walked into the studio for a class, I was blown away at the amount of technology and hard work that goes into the production of music. Analog and digital recording systems are very different in sound and technique. In analog recording, there are microphones set up that are powered by preamplifiers, where the sound travels through a sound board and into a tape machine. This method of recording was widely used from the earliest recordings of music until the early to mid 1990s. These recordings are what produces the eight track tapes, cassettes, and vinyl records. On the other hand, the process of digital recording requires a totally different skill set. Like in analog recording, the microphones are powered through preamplifiers but from there the Riggins 1
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audio travels through a digital interface, where the sound is converted into a series of numerical combinations based on the numbers zero and one. Then from the interface the data goes into a
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