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Blog: A Brief History Of Music Technology
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S R Dhain    Said...

Maximum respect to you for writing this article, Jason. It's something that a lot of people i know, including myself at times, have wondered about, with regards to the value of ancilliary industry people being far more than you can imagine. For starters, when you're doing it all yourself, there are occasions when it can be such a complete ballache, because the irony is that you may well have all the knowledge and application skillset over years and years of graft, but it gets in the way of making the music, and there is no escaping that. And yet all the technological advances coupled with the requisite effect on cost of entry ( i.e. a significant reduction) has made the artistic endeavour/journey far more accessible to everyone, which is a wonderful thing. It's an interesting dichotomy.

Ultimately, im all for the "Adam Smith" (economist) approach to recording and mastering ( i.e. delegation of tasks, specialisation and division of labour), but budgets and location to such labour, so to speak, dictate the vibe on that front in the industry. In the meantime, carry on doing your own thing, and learn as you go along, is the approach to take. How far or how long you can keep on creating, is then entirely in your own hands.

11-Jan-14 06:02 PM

brian from usa    Said...

The last straw for me is people "mastering" their own recordings. If vinyl is really coming back maybe we should start planning on buying cutting lathes, too?

12-Jan-14 06:10 PM

Lu    Said...

I still find it hard to adjust to the way it is nowadays. A record contract was never in my sights, so home recording and putting out cassette demos was my ideal. It still is pretty much, but production values have gone up so much and there's so much gear to learn, performance seems secondary. I have to be my own writer/performer/engineer/producer personally I think it's a tall order. Which means there's still value in a recording studio if you can afford on.

17-Jan-14 06:51 AM

Lu    Said...

Sorry I hadn't read the last page of your article before posting, it's a relief to see that you were going the same way with this. I think in the end. Everyone else can race to the finish for awesome production and perfect performance. I'm going to concentrate on easy recording set ups and near enough is good enough. Otherwise I see another forty years ahead of me getting nothing done.

17-Jan-14 07:38 AM

LagrangeAudio    Said...

@brian from usa, that's a very interesting observation. I found a couple of local providers who can make vinyl for me, they have the cutting and pressing equipment, but I'm not convinced they know how to do the mastering properly. So you either do that yourself by trial and error or you find someone who can do it professionally. In the old days there seemed to be plenty of people outside the initial engineers space that specialised in this area. To further complicate things I note Izotope's Ozone has a vinyl 'mastering' preset. It sound goods but is that validation? I don't know (yet)!!

21-Jan-14 08:47 PM

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