If only Beethoven and Tchaikovsky could have conceived of the technological advantages the musicians of today take for granted. Innovative strides in music technology development have revolutionized the way music is recorded, composed, stored, performed, searched and retrieved by creating easy to use software interfaces and electronic components which work with the artist to help facilitate the creative process. Throughout the late 20th century and through the present day, music technology plays a crucial role in the composition, recording and performing of music.
[...] With the assistance of music technology, the process of music composition has been simplified and allows the musician to further explore and enhance the musical element of composition. Once music is composed, music technology provides a variety of recording methods with a vast collection of features. Each of the previously mentioned software provides the added capability of recording and mixing multiple track compositions. This is only one element to the recording process. In order to record live instruments with the software, additional hardware is necessary. [...]
[...] software vary greatly based on the level of instrument modeling and expandability of features within the program. The prices range from $100 (price of Home Studio) to $500 (price of the full Reason Suite). All of these applications are generally used with a MIDI keyboard plugged into a personal computer. This allows for real time recording rather than inputting musical notes into a grid. Propellerhead's Reason sets itself apart from the other modeling programs available because of its unique instrument sample feature. [...]
[...] This instrument functions with two radio frequency oscillators which dictate the sound of the instrument. you mix the signals of 2 rf oscillators, you will get many output signals. The most important signals are the sum and difference of both frequencies 3rd frequency created when 2 oscillator signals are mixed)” (Baars, 2004). In essence, as the musician moves their hand, the sound of the Theremin changes. This instrument was heard in several popular songs such as “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys. With music technology, musicians build a new arsenal of modern instruments to [...]
[...] One example of this is the genre Techno (and all other forms of electronic music such as Electronica, Trance and other subgenres). This music is solely based on synthesized instruments such as the saw tooth and the square wave keyboard synthesizers. Drums and beats are also generated with synthesized drum machines provided by the software that was mentioned above (excluding Pro Tools). This music, whenever performed, is performed with the assistance of a computer synthesizer. Synthesizers are also prevalent in 80's rock & roll and pop music. [...]
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