The incredible speed of technological change has meant that analog, or tape, based recording has almost disappeared. Although there is an excellent Otari MX-80 tape machine in the Eastlake 1 studio we didn’t find time to use it. I think that’s a shame and hope we can find time to be taught to use it some other time. If only for us to better appreciate the utter genius of the session engineers who recorded classic songs and albums from the 60’s and 70’s using tape. Information about the Otari MX-80 can be found here.
Regardless of which of the three studios we used, although the mixing desks are all analogue, the end point for the recordings was digital – Pro Tools. Pro Tools is the Digital Audio Workstation of choice as it dominates the professional recording industry. It’s become as synonymous with recording as hoover has with floor cleaning. You can find all about Pro Tools from Avid’s website – here. Settle down for a while – there’s a lot to read!
So, the debate is done and dusted. Digital is the way sound is recorded and manipulated. With the increasing computing power of hand-held devices coupled with shrinking sizes of data storage and ever faster network speeds, the future’s bright – and it’s quite literally in our hands.