By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 23, 2008
Newer and emerging technologies have changed the way audio is recorded, edited and archived.
From archaic wax cylinders to reels to MP3s, and from analog to digital, we've come a long way in a matter of decades.
With the simplification and notably more "hands off" production process, has the work of people behind the scenes (and behind the mic) been overlooked because of perceived ease when it comes to producing audio or visual content as propagated by the Digital Revolution?
For those of you who have made transitions over the years regarding production elements such as audio recording gear and editing equipment, you've noticed a stark contrast in how your audio is recorded, cleaned up, delivered and stored.
I've heard more than a few veterans in the field, especially those who came from radio, say that there was a love affair associated with production and splicing tapes that has all but disappeared for today's voice over professionals with the dawn of digital audio recording technology.
The amount of painstaking work that it took to produce the finished work was immense. Audio engineering was by most standards an apprenticed craft, usually passed down through mentorship at radio stations and recording studios.
Have we lost that "loving feeling", or has it merely "changed" into something more "virtual"?
In the thick of things, it's hard to get perspective, but by looking back we can learn more than a thing or two.
Here are some questions to ponder:
à¹ Has digital recording / editing made performers and producers lazy?
à¹ Has the digital way of doing things changed the mental process behind how sessions are run?
à¹ Has the ease of use of tools and software made it easier to discredit the work of those in production?
à¹ Are you more detached from your work on an emotional level because it's less laborious physically?
à¹ What has technology done in this respect to elevate the craft of audio engineering?
I want to thank you for your animated discussions in our previous article and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this topic as well :)
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