Direct to tape mono-Recording using only ONE microphone placed in a room. This can make recordings sound quite messy.
-Unable to process individual channels, only processing as a whole!
Early Multitrack Recording-Recording of multiple channels at the same time.
-This was still very limited (maximum 4 channels to begin with).
-Experimentation with effects started to become common.
-This eventually raised to 8, then 16 tracks.
Large Scale Analogue Multitrack Recording-Increased clarity of individual parts due to more tape channels available.
-More channels means more experimentation with uses of multiple microphones.
-Much better signal to noise ratios
Digital Recordings-Repetitive loops and use of drum machines.
-Glorious, glorious MIDI finally surfaced, allowing producers to sync equipment and program patch changes.
-Computers become more prominent - Less hiss
-Mixes become very bright, lots of experimentation with EQ and FX
DAWs and beyond-The birth of the DAW allowed for countless editing possibilities.
-Made recording much more accessible to home studios
-Editing allows for "Flawless" performances
-Countless FX including Flex-Time/Auto-Tune
History of Music Technology