Significant historic music technology developments

Timeline created by chri5tina
In Music
  • vinyl

    Vinyl today is a flat disk that store audio recordings in an analog format. It was first invented in 1877 as a phonograph witch was a cylinder shape and had to be turned manually. Vinyl records are used by djs and can be good for casual listening to music.
  • radio

    The first music signals from radio were sent in 1906 from Reginald Fessenden in Massachusetts. Radios sue electromagnetic waves of radio frequency to transmit signals. They are usually used for listening to music stations, however some bands use them for crew to communicate at live performances, e.g. while she sleeps at 2000 trees festival.
  • magnetic tapes

    magnetic tapes
    Magnetic tapes were invented in germany by Fritz Pfleumer for audio recording. The sound is created by converting the sounds on the tape into electricity.
  • electric piano

    electric piano
    The electric piano was invented by Harold Burroughs Rhodes, in 1929. It is mainly used for recording and performing, an example of a band who use a keyboard would be creeper.
  • electric guitar

    electric guitar
    The electric guitar was invented in 1931 in Los Angeles. Its an instument that can be used in a recording or a performance setting. To be played live an amplifier must be used to achieve a desirable volume.
  • hi fi

    hi fi
    Hi fi stands for high fidelity, a hifi system is a music system usually used at home to listen to music. A hifi system should have at least 3 parts, the source, the amplification and speakers.
  • music videos

    music videos
    The first music video is said to be 'Stranger in paradise' by Tony Bennet. Music videos became increasingly popular in the 1980s with the introduction of MTV (music television) with the buggles playing 'video killed the radio star'. MTV became a new way to listen to music and helped alot of smaller british bands break in america.
  • Analog mixing desk

    Analog mixing desk
    Analog mixing desks was invented in 1958. They allow multiple analogue imputs to be mixed together in real time. They are said to be easier to use for beginners than digital mixing desks.
  • effects processing unit

    effects processing unit
    An effects processing unit changes the way an audio signal sounds, an example of an effects processing unit is a guitar pedal. They are used in most recording studios and live performances.
  • analog synthesizer

    analog synthesizer
    Robert Moog invented the analog synthesizer. It can be used in a recording or performance setting. Its used to make audio singnals through different types of synths.
  • cassette (sony walkman)

    cassette (sony walkman)
    Sony released the worlds first portable music player in 1979. The cassette stored the audio and the walkman device read the audio files and the device itself transmitted the audio through headphones.
  • MIDI

    Dave smith invented musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) in 1982 in california. Midi encodes keyboard functions rather than recording sound waves. Midi can be a device in itself or it can be software loaded onto a computer.
  • portable cd player

    portable cd player
    Portable cd players were invented in 1984 with the introduction of the discman from sony. They were used for listening to music when away from the indoor environment. It was battery powered and included a headphone jack.
  • digital mixing desk

    digital mixing desk
    Yamaha invented the first digital mixing desk in 1987. These are used in a studio and a live setting. The difference between a digital mixing desk and an analog mixing desk is in the way the audio is processed.
  • cubase

    Cubase is a digital audio workstation, created in germany in 1989 by Karl Steinberg. Cubase is used in a recording situation and can be used on both windows and mac.
  • pro tools

    pro tools
    Pro tools is a digital audio workstation released in 1991 by Evan Brooks and Peter Gotcher for avid technology. It can be used on a windows or a mac computer.
  • ADAT

    ADAT (Alesis Digital Audio Tape) has eight different channels that can be used to connect differetn audio equipment. It can be used in the studio or for live sound.
  • logic pro

    logic pro
    Logic pro is a digital audio workstation, developed by a german company called C-lab. Apple bought the software in 2002 meaning that it would no longer run on windows and only apple apple devices. Logic is used for recording.
  • MP3

    MP3 is a very popular way to listen to music. Digital files could be stored on a number of devices and were much easier to organise than cd files. MP3 can be used in recording studios as a format to record audio and is also used for casual listening.
  • limewire

    Limewire was a music downloading site, that was very popular in the 2000s. Tracks were free to download and often had very poor sound quality and were incomplete. Limewire was shutdown by the american federal court in 2010.
  • youtube

    Youtube is a video sharing platform introudced in 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim in California. Google bought the site in 2006. Artists can upload videos themselves or through a label. Its is used mainly for streaming music and for watching videos. Bands can also advertise their music on the site.
  • spotify

    Spotify is an online music streaming service, founded in 2006 but being launched in 2008. Artists are payed on average $0.00348 per stream.
  • apple music

    apple music
    Apple music is a music streaming subscription service ran by apple. Artists get paid $0.00735 per stream. Subscribers can pick and choose witch songs to listen to on demand.