1984 was the year that Steinberg came into existence, its first product, Multitrack Recorder for the Commodore 64. Multitrack Recorder was quickly developed into Pro 16 which also picked up the Steinberg name.
For more on the history of Steinberg how about this article from Music Radar.
Sonic State offers brief history of music technology, discussing how things have changed over time.
AES have released a video about what it means to be a recording engineer based on a working day of Bill Brueckner.
After being played at an infamous gig in Rhode Island, the guitar in question…
had been in the possession of a New Jersey family for nearly 50 years after the singer left it on a private plane
… and, on Friday, according to the Independent:
the Fender Stratocaster that [Bob] Dylan plugged in at the festival sold for $965,000 (£590,000) — the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction.
An interesting article about the history of synthesis in the 1980s by Suzanne Ciani.
Recreating the sounds of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop using the Web Audio API…
The BBC’s research and development blog posted about this on Nov 29:
We’ve created a site which, while we wait for the Web Audio API to gain wider adoption, works best in Google Chrome. You can play with the four machine simulations, learn more about how they were used at the Workshop and then study the code to find out how they were built.
When we talked about ‘The New Radiophonic Workshop’ on show 61 we were excited by the prospect of a conceptual return, but underwhelmed by the blurb at the time. I’m(sf) excited again now at the way these recreations are presented…
Today in 1982 Sony released the CDP-101 and Compact Disc arrived. Happy Birthday CD.
TechHive has a great article here.
Shure have upload a great blog post about the history of the SM57, its available online.
NAMM have an oral-history library which includes this interview with Charles Watkins (video recorded in 2008) inventor of the first commercially available ‘echo unit’ the Watkins Copicat.
I found that interview via Watkins Guitar World which also tells this story:
Charlie tells the story of how he was reunited with Copicat No.1 on his website. He had offered a reward of £1000 to anyone with the machine. Someone from Liverpool returned it anonymously and said “keep the money”. Charlie said it restored his faith in human nature. What a wonderful gesture!
Founded in 1972 Atari is now 40 years old. Who could ever forget the classics, games, logo, movie appearances and related band names.
Of course from a Audio point of view the Atari ST came with rock solid MIDI ports and some classic sequencing (Creator, Notator and Notator-SL).
The Atari music community is still very much alive as born out by www.atarimusic.net.
Also I feel compelled to point out the Atari Stacy as well.
Another museum page in the plunder this week: last week we mentioned the Museum of Endangered Sounds, and this week (via MAKE) we have as plunder The Short but Loud Story of Compressed-Air Amplification.
The image used in the item that MAKE posted on G+, had me thinking of Steampunk, and so it was with a raised eyebrow that I read in The Short but Loud Story of Compressed-Air Amplification:
Horace Short and Sir Charles A Parsons (yes, the steam turbine man) introduced the compressed air amplifiers known as Auxetophones. Horace Short began the development of the idea and was granted a patent in 1898, and again in 1901. The patent rights were sold to Parsons in 1903.
Plunder via this article which (with audio auto-play) includes a great example of using timed-comments in this soundcloud post of a dial-up modem (the article includes a static graphic of the informational content, but I also enjoyed the added comments such as ‘exec napster’ at the end : )
plunderlicious: the Museum of Endangered Sounds.