Audio Production


In order to understand the origins of audio production, it is necessary to understand the history of sound recording. Early inventors were faced with the interesting challenge to capture sound as it moved through the air. This fascination was inspired not only by the urge to record human speech but also by the possibility of replicating the achievements of photography, but using sound instead. To some extent, this seemed almost mythical at that time and nobody paid much attention until 1857, when the first audio recording device was designed. The inventor, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, was a French book seller and he named his creation the Phonautograph. The concept was an attempt to replicate the functionality of the human ear by using a membrane to capture sound waves from the air. Vibrations caused by sound waves on the membrane, were then transmitted to a stylus which recorded the pattern on a soot covered surface. Albeit farfetched at the time, the idea was ingenious and few believed that it could work, until it did. The problem with de Martinville’s device is that it could not play back the sound. However, the flurry of inventions that followed like the Phonograph and the Gramophone solved this problem.

By 1925, the wave of electrical recording technology had brought with it, the electronic microphone, electronic amplification, and soon after, in the 1940’s, magnetic recording systems. A whole new world of possibilities was created and this was the advent of modern day audio productions as we know it. Generally, it can be described as engineering or creating audio products from raw sound. It encompasses the recording, manipulation, editing, mastering and other processes that go into the development of sound for commercial or other purposes. Basically, it is plausible to define sound or audio as waves of energy that are transmitted through the air. Audio production uses various tools and techniques to capture record, store and transmit these waves and other audio products.

Presently, quite a number of electronic tools, computer software and other technical equipment including musical instruments, are used in audio production. The process begins with the initial recording of musical instruments, and although some production studios use real instruments, it is common for digital instruments to be used. The digital instruments are basically computer simulated musical sounds that are developed and arranged using various audio production software applications. At this point other recordings that are required, for example voice recordings, are done. The next step is to mix, master and blend the sounds together into a desirable acoustic product. An intimate knowledge of audio production equipment and tools is critical in this process. Sound, audio or recording engineers are some of the names that are used to refer to professionals in this field.

While passion is a major factor that makes good audio production specialist or engineer, it takes quite a bit of rigorous training to become really good at it. A considerable investment in time, money and intellect is required in order to gain the necessary skills for audio production. This is because of the tact involved and the competition in the industry. It is however a relatively lucrative venture since audio production is a necessity for T.V programming, music production, motion picture creation, advertising and many other areas. The music and movie production industries alone generate hundreds of billions of dollars every year, and this would definitely not be possible without highly skilled and dedicated audio production teams.

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