The World’s Most Innovative Music Production Practices?
The business magazine Fast Company regularly has a feature on 50 of the World’s Most innovative Companies. These were companies that were doing something new and exciting. Something different in their businesses and succeeding in their innovation.
That made me think about innovations in music production and audio recording.
Take the last 60 years for instance. The recording industry has had an amazing amount of innovative progress. Something that we take for granted today are effects pedals, especially distortion.
But distortion was an innovative sound back in the fifties.
They accomplished it in much the same way as today, by overloading the gain of their amplifiers. But some dislodged their tubes to create distortion, and even ripped a speaker cone to get that distorted sound.
Today we have all manners of overdrives, distortions, fuzzes and the like. Effects that innovative guitarists started and others improved on.
The same goes for multi-track recording. Back in the day the Beatles recorded elaborate albums on four tracks, bouncing their recordings again and again to make room for more takes.
Now, with computers and endless-track-DAW software we have no limitations on tracks. The Beatles recorded their songs in a very innovative way. A way that’s been expanded and enhanced upon in today’s computer revolution.
I could go on and on. Reverb in the eighties, synthesizers and MIDI, samplers and hip-hop. The list goes on.
What do you think is the most innovative thing to come out of the recording industry? Let me know in the comments. There’s no stupid answers and all opinions are great.
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