Inventions in the music world is not a new thing. Instruments like harpsichord and piano were considered as great innovation of their times. What I mean by this is that music is what it is today, only because of the innovations and inventions that took place throughout history.
Some of these inventions that totally revolutionized the music world are given below:
• Guitar Combo Amplifier
(Courtesy: Musician's Friend)
Electric instruments are all about amplification and the amplifiers were developed by George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker with the help of Van Nest and Ralph Robertson in 1941.
The Super Amp then was created in 1949 by Don Randall.
• The Modular Digital Multitrack Recorder
(Courtesy: Sam Ash)
The 1980s and 1990s were the time when the digital recording technology was in its developing stage.
In 1991, then, was released ADAT recorder by Alesis and digital tape began to be considered as the future of recording. ADAT was soon followed by other manufacturers, and hence started a series of new recording instruments in the music industry.
• Hard Disk Recording
In the late 1980s, Hard Disk Recording faced a serious challenge from to less expensive tapes. In 1991, however, there came Digidesign, with its Pro Tools –a four-voice hard disk recording system.
With it, were invented many modern-day features that are still in use, like recording, mixing and editing.
It’s the “instrument” version of the VST technology, developed by Steinberg, and it does need a special mention.
Although the virtual instrumentation had already been developed, VSTi integrated it with a plugin host.
• MP3/Digital Delivery
The portability and the sound quality was revolutionized by 1995 with the arrival of MP3. It did not just gave rise to new methods of distribution like iTunes and iPod, but also made independent musicians get free from the reliability on record labels, distributors and retail stores.