Innovation in Sound Technology
Technology is progressing so quickly these days, it is easy to miss out on new developments if you do not keep on the ball. New products are being brought out weekly and it can be difficult to distinguish which new features are really worthwhile and which can be lived without. With the uncertain financial climate not everyone can afford to take part in each innovation that comes about.
This is not necessarily a bad thing though, as there has been a recent trend towards looking back to traditional methods and equipment, especially with regard to recording music.
Some of the musical equipment that was built in the 60s and 70s is just as sought after today as the new stuff is, if not more so in some instances. Still, it is always worth keeping up with what the current trends are.
The improvements in home computers are making it much easier for people who are interested in this sort of thing to embark upon their own projects. Phone technology is a huge part of this too. When making a sound track for a film not only do you need music, you also need sound effects. Luckily these devices like phones and mp3 players that we carry around with us most of the time are constantly having new features added to them like voice recorders so if you are out and about and hear a useful sound you should be able to record it then take it home and edit it into your soundtrack fairly easily.
If you are in to recording bands, whether as a studio engineer, or as a member of the band, it is becoming increasingly easy get a set up at home with which you can get a pretty decent end product. One of the biggest problems people have with recording bands at home is the noise, drums being the biggest culprit as their volume cannot be turned down. However electronic drum kits are becoming increasingly affordable, making this a problem of the past as they can be plugged directly into a desk.
If you are fickle pedals can be a problem. It is easy to spend a lot on something and then decide after a month that you do not want to use it any more. You can end up with a cupboard full of unused electrical equipment if you are not careful, which is not useful to anyone. If this is the case, clear it out recycle ipod, pedals, leads and anything else you might find in there and invest in a multi FX pedal which will satisfy your needs however much they change and are much more easily carried around than a whole pedal board.