The Impact Of Digital Audio On The Audio Engineering Industry

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Development of Digital Audio The development of digital audio has drastically changed the Audio Engineering Industry. While it is debatable whether the change is for the better, I believe that the increased editing flexibility, cost effectiveness, convenient storage, as well as many other advantages offered, make digital audio the clear winner over purely analog setups. It is not my intention to debate whether analog sounds better than digital or vice versa; rather, it is my intention to discuss the development of digital audio, the science behind it, and the effect that the introduction and development of digital audio has had on the field of Audio Engineering. In order to understand and appreciate the improvements that digital audio has brought to the Audio Engineering industry, I feel that we must first understand what preceded this technology. Prior to the inception of digital audio, sound was recorded using a host of different mediums and technologies. One such method used for analog recording was the use of fluctuating magnetism within a medium. Most forms of tape recording, with the exception of the “red headed step child” known as the Digital Audio Tape or DAT, use this method of storing audio. The tape is coated with a type of easily magnetized material called ferromagnetic material. This is typically a ferric oxide powder that coats the tape. As the tape runs across the play head, the different levels of magnetism recorded onto the tape are then detected
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