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What is Digital Recording?

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MULTITRACK DIGITAL RECORDING & PRODUCTION What is Digital Recording? Digital recording is the conversion of sound waves to a binary signal. All electronic equipment produces digital signals. An analogue input (a constant variable defined with infinite accuracy) is first directed through a filter that cuts out any frequencies higher than half of the sampling rate, due to the fact that the signal cannot be held and reproduced before the following sequence of events. Then the signal is sampled. An analogue to digital converter then plots the signal into binary code in a parallel data form. This parallel binary code is converted into serial data. This is done to store the serial data onto a storage format such as DAT tape, CD, hard disk, etc. ...read more.


The tape is played over three magnetized heads that all have different specific purposes. The first is the record head -designed to record the incoming signal onto tape. The second is the sync head - Designed as a lower quality head to receive an incoming signal and to process another (already recorded) signal from the tape. This head is used when overdubs are being laid and when the tape is being played back for headphone mix purposes. Last is the play head - Purely designed as a high quality playback head. Before recording the tape is covered in a random pattern of magnetic chronic oxide particles. ...read more.


This effect is said to give warmth to a track. Digital systems do not have this distortion. The main advantage of digital recording is the fact that the final recording is more likely to be clear and crisp and also it is more likely to last longer than an analogue tape. More manipulation of the recording can be conducted due to the fact that the tracks are kept separate and therefore effects can be added and the composer has more options when recording and editing the music. This can be done with analogue recording but digital recording makes it much easier. I would say digital recording is much more preferable to analogue, except in cases where the analogue instrument (voice, acoustic guitar, drums, etc.) requires the 'warm' sound that is sometimes achieved with analogue recording. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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