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Latest Sound Recording Techniques

24 FEB 2014

The recording industry is a notoriously fickle beast, and one that is susceptible to the popularity of trends. Recording techniques come into popularity, and start appearing everywhere in the music business, and then usually vanish. This usually means that they weren’t that good to begin with, and mostly a gimmick. You can point to examples like the rampant use of pitch correction software in the late 2000s, of the use of jungle beats and “world music” in the early 90s for instances of this happening. However, good recording techniques are those that have longevity, because they’re good techniques and aren’t just a passing phase. This post by Trebas Institute explores some recent audio recording techniques that have proven their worth, and are most likely going to be sticking around for years to come.

“While digital reverb has come a long way since its inception, people still prefer the clarity and warmth that come with analog reverbs like plate and spring reverb. However, several companies are producing digital reverb plug-ins now that are called “convolution reverb,” that are turning some heads, leading some recording engineers to rethink the digital vs. analog battle.

Convolution reverb uses a pre-recorded sample of a space – such as a hallway, a cathedral or a cave – and dissects the impulse response and mathematical algorithms that make up the reverberation, and applies it as an effect to an audio track. Skills like manipulating these formulas and algorithms are now even being taught in audio engineering college.”