Have you ever listened to your favorite song and wondered what devices were used to make it? There are so many sounds in music today that it can be difficult to discern whether they came from traditional instruments or were electronically added into the music during the creation process. With all of the advances in musical devices, it can be challenging for even the most trained ear to tell the difference. Gone are the days where a giant studio is required to create a great song. Instead, people can now do the same types of recordings all through electronic devices and a few vocals if they want to add lyrics into the mix. The electronic devices of today let musicians be much more creative with a much smaller budget. No music needs to be limited by the amount of studio time someone can rent. Now, it’s only limited by the imaginations used to create it.
Here’s a look at just a few of the devices that are used to create modern music:
Electronic Musical Instruments
At one point in time, all instruments were played by hand, and there were no other options. Today, nearly any instrument that can be played by hand also has an electronic equivalent. Songs that need keyboards, drums, or guitars can have them even if there’s no musician available to play those instruments. On top of that, once a song is recorded, if a sound is missing that would make the song even better, the instrument can be added electronically without the need for bringing musicians back in or paying for additional time. In the case of electric devices that double as instruments, such as guitars, other electronic devices help those instruments sound their best. For example, amps are used to help electric guitars make the right sound and be loud enough to be recorded properly. Without an amp, a guitar would be incredibly difficult to discern from the other sounds in each song.
Music Recording Electronics
All lyrical music starts with the sounds emitted from the singers, which are picked up through the microphones. These simple devices pick up the voice and help single it out when tracks are recorded with various instruments and tones in the background. That way, once the song is recorded, the vocal tracks can be enhanced when necessary to help the words stand out more. There are also microphones used on individual instruments to help do the same thing. When the song is complete, the sound each instrument makes can be adjusted to become more or less apparent to suit the needs of the song. Recording music is done with several devices. The main device is a computer. It picks up the different tracks from each instrument and voice that gets recorded. Then, it takes each sound it heard and separates them into individual files that can be independently adjusted. That way, as the recording is played back, each file can become louder, quieter, faster, slower, or disappear completely.
Devices for Listening to Music
During the recording process, and especially during the mixing process, headphones are an important device to have. It can be nearly impossible to make a new song sound good without an outstanding pair of headphones. They can tune out background noise, separate each sound in the recording, and give the producer the ability to shift around the different sounds that the microphones picked up. Without a good set of headphones, the tones of the instruments can blend, as can the voices. By adding a set of headphones, it becomes much easier to keep everything balanced and separated until it’s time for the full song to come together. On top of the devices that enable songs to be recorded, there’s also a wide range of devices that allow you to listen to your favorite music. Speakers are now so small they can be brought with you nearly anywhere you go. Plus, some earplugs give you the ability to listen to music while on the go. When music is being played at concerts, there are many larger speakers in use. Each set of speakers gives listeners the ability to listen to their favorite types of music their way.
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