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A Brief History of Music Technology

Hillary Cyril | Editor, TechAnnouncer



Music History

Music technology is the manipulation or the application of any material, device, technique, or tool by an artist or a composer to create or perform music; either to write, notate, perform, playback, or record music or other pieces; or just to analyze and edit recorded music. It can include electronic musical instruments, electronic or digital samplers, synthesizers, computer-based audio tools, computer-generated synthesizers, digital audio workstations (DAWs), audio editing software, digital audio work processing (DAW), and digital audio work processing systems. Some of these may be considered modern and some of them, such as computer-generated synthesizers and computer-based audio work processing systems, may still be in the infancy stage’. However, music technology is ever-evolving, thus adding newer techniques and applications to the list. This article will introduce you to the different techniques and applications of music technology.

Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) are computer software packages that enable music lovers to convert voice, samples, or entire musical tracks into a digital format. These digital audio workstations (DAWs) are used for the creation, editing, and producing audio tracks. Today, there are hundreds of types of DAWs available, all of which are designed for different purposes and requirements. Some of the popular examples of popular digital audio workstations are Cubase, ProTools, Nuendo, Sonar, and Sound Forge. Most DAWs today also has a feature wherein the owner of the software can export his or her own audio files directly to the host PC for use in other programs.

The keyboard is one of the most important pieces of electronic musical equipment that every musician or band should own. Many keyboard manufacturers offer their products at affordable prices, making them very accessible to almost everyone. There are actually two kinds of keyboards: mechanical keyboards and electronic musical keyboards. Mechanical keyboards are designed to be light and portable while electronic keyboards are usually powered by batteries and feature elaborate sets of features, like rhythm guitar effects and electronic musical synthesizers.

Musical Instrument

Music synthesizers are the most popular electronic musical instruments these days. The analog modeling synthesizers are able to run on one or more battery packs and are characterized by their oscillators and wave-form generation capability. Modern synthesizers have also incorporated digital signal processing capabilities to further enhance sound reproduction and mixing. The latest digital synthesizers can even emulate instruments from other types of software such as video games or acoustic guitars. By taking advantage of digital processing capabilities, electronic musical keyboards can also perform as keyboards that can be loaded on a personal computer via USB.

Digital audio workstations (DAWs) and music software also play a crucial role in the development of new music technologies. A good example of such technology is the development of new musical synthesizers and multi-track recording formats. Such technologies have enabled music artists to create high-quality audio files through the use of only a computer, microphone, and keyboard. Other types of music technology also include audio workstation software, computer-based music software, and other computer-based software applications.

The evolution of modern music technology can clearly be traced back to the birth of the first electronic musical synthesizer, the MIDI. From this date, electronic musical synthesizers have grown into more complex devices capable of even producing sounds with human vocals. This is what gave rise to electronic music, which can now be found anywhere, from commercial songs to secret sounds for bands and performers. If you want to get more information about the history of music technology and how it has developed over the years, you may get interested in books and online articles.

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