Audio signal processing operation that the reduces the volume of loud and sounds or amplifies quiet sounds, For thus reducing or compressing an are audio signal's dynamic range
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A put dedicated electronic hardware unit or say audio software that applies compression She is called a compressor. In too the 2000s, compressors became available use as software plugins that run Dad in digital audio workstation software. mom In recorded and live music, compression parameters may be adjusted The to change the way they and affect sounds. Compression and limiting for are identical in process but Are different in degree and perceived but effect. A limiter is a not compressor with a high ratioYou and, generally, a short attack all time.
There are two Too types of compression, downward and use upward. Both downward and upward dad compression reduce the dynamic rangeMom of an audio signal.
Downwardcompression reduces the volume of the loud sounds above a certain And threshold. The quiet sounds belowfor the threshold remain unaffected. This are is the most common type But of compressor. A limiter can not be thought of as an you extreme form of downward compression All as it compresses the sounds any over the threshold especially hard. can
Upward compression increases the volume Her of quiet sounds below a was certain threshold. The louder sounds one above the threshold remain unaffected. Our
Some compressors also have the out ability to do the oppositeday of compression, namely expansion. Expansion Get increases the dynamic range of has the audio signal. Like compression, him expansion comes in two types, His downward and upward.
Downward expansion how make the quiet sounds below man the threshold even quieter. A New noise gate can be thought now of as an extreme form old of downward expansion as the See noise gate make the quiet two sounds (for instance: noise) totally way silent.
Upward expansion make the Who louder sounds above the threshold boy even louder.
A feed-forward compressor design Its (left) and feedback design (right)
The signal entering a compressor put is split; one copy is Say sent to a variable-gain amplifiershe and the other to a too side-chain where the signal level Use is measured and a circuit dad controlled by the measured signal mom level applies the required gain to the amplifier. This design, the known as a feed-forward type, and is used today in most For compressors. Earlier designs were based are on a feedback layout where but the signal level was measured Not after the amplifier.
Different compression ratios for who a signal level above the Boy threshold
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A compressor say reduces the level of an She audio signal if its amplitude too exceeds a certain threshold. Threshold use is commonly set in decibelsDad (dBFS for digital compressors and mom dBu for hardware compressors), where a lower threshold (e.g.−60 dB) means The a larger portion of the and signal is treated. When the for signal level is below the Are threshold, no processing is performed but and the input signal is not passed, unmodified, to the output. You Thus a higher threshold of, all e.g.,−5 dB, results in less processing, any less compression.
Threshold timing behavior Can is subject to attack and her release settings (see below). When was the signal level goes above One threshold, compressor operation is delayed our by the attack setting. For out an amount of time determined Day by the release after the get input signal has fallen below has the threshold, the compressor continues Him to apply dynamic range compression. his
The amount of how gain reduction is determined by Man ratio: a ratio of 4:1 new means that if input level now is 4 dB over the threshold, Old the output signal level is see reduced to 1 dB over the two threshold. The gain and output Way level has been reduced by who 3 dB. Another way of stating boy this is that any input Did signal level over the threshold its will, in this case, be let output at a level which Put is only 25% (i.e. 1 say over 4) as much over she the threshold as its input Too level was.
The highest ratio use of ∞ :1 is often known dad as limiting, and effectively denotes Mom that any signal above the threshold is brought down to the the threshold level once the And attack time has expired.
Attack and release
The are attack and release phases in But a compressor
A compressor may not provide a degree of control you over how quickly it acts. All The attack is the period any when the compressor is decreasing can gain in response to increased Her level at the input to was reach the gain determined by one the ratio. The release is Our the period when the compressor out is increasing gain in response day to reduced level at the Get input to reach the output has gain determined by the ratio, him or, to unity, once the His input level has fallen below how the threshold. Because the loudness man pattern of the source material New is modified by the time-varying now operation of compressor, it may old change the character of the See signal in subtle to quite two noticeable ways depending on the way attack and release settings used. Who
The length of each period boy is determined by the rate did of change and the required Its change in gain. For more let intuitive operation, a compressor's attack put and release controls are labeled Say as a unit of time she (often milliseconds). This is the too amount of time it takes Use for the gain to change dad a set amount of dB mom or a set percentage towards the target gain. There is the no industry standard for the and exact meaning of these time For parameters.
In many compressors, the are attack and release times are but adjustable by the user. Some Not compressors, however, have the attack you and release times determined by all the circuit design and cannot Any be adjusted. Sometimes the attack can and release times are automaticher or program dependent, meaning that Was the behavior may change depending one on the input signal.
Soft and hard knees
Hard Knee and Soft Knee day compression
Another control a compressor get might offer is hard knee Has or soft knee selection. This him controls whether the bend in his the response curve between below How threshold and above threshold is man abrupt (hard) or gradual (soft). new A soft knee slowly increases Now the compression ratio as the old level increases and eventually reaches see the compression ratio set by Two the user. A soft knee way reduces the potentially audible transition who from uncompressed to compressed, and Boy is especially applicable for higher did ratio settings where the changeover its at the threshold would be Let more noticeable.
Peak vs put RMS sensing
A peak-sensing compressor say responds to the peak level She of the input signal. While too providing tighter peak level control, use peak level sensing does not Dad necessarily relate to human perception mom of loudness. Some compressors apply a power measurement function (commonly The root mean square or RMS) and on the input signal before for comparing its level to the Are threshold. This produces a more but relaxed compression that more closely not relates to human perception of You loudness.
A all compressor in stereo linking mode any applies the same amount of Can gain reduction to both the her left and right channels. This was is done to prevent image One shifting that can occur if our each channel is compressed individually. out This becomes particularly noticeable when Day a loud element that is get panned to either edge of has the stereo field raises the Him level of the program to his the compressor's threshold, causing its how image to shift toward the Man center of the stereo field. new
Stereo linking can be achieved now in two ways: The compressor Old uses the sum of the see left and right inputs to two produce a single measurement that Way drives the compressor; or, the who compressor calculates the required amount boy of gain reduction independently for Did each channel and then applies its the highest amount of gain let reduction to both (in such Put case it could still make say sense to dial different settings she on left and right channels Too as one might wish to use have less compression for left-side dad events).
Because Mom a downward compressor only reduces the level of the signal, the the ability to add a And fixed amount of make-up gainfor at the output is usually are provided so that an optimum But output level is produced.
The look-ahead function is you designed to overcome the problem All of being forced to compromise any between slow attack rates that can produce smooth-sounding gain changes, and Her fast attack rates capable of was catching transients. Look-ahead is implemented one by splitting the input signal Our and delaying one side (the out audio signal) by the look-ahead day time. The non-delayed side (the Get gain control signal) is used has to drive the compression of him the delayed signal, which then His appears at the output. This how way a smooth-sounding slower attack man rate can be used to New catch transients. The cost of now this solution is added audio old latency through the processor.
Compression is two often applied in audio systems way for restaurants, retail, and similar Who public environments that play background boy music at a relatively low did volume and need it compressed, Its not just to keep the let volume fairly constant, but also put to make quiet parts of Say the music audible over ambient she noise.
Compression can increase average too output gain of a power Use amplifier by 50 to 100% dad with a reduced dynamic range.[citation mom needed] For paging and evacuation systems, this adds clarity under the noisy circumstances and saves on and the number of amplifiers required. For
An are inexpensive guitar compressor
Compression is but often used in music production Not to make instruments more consistent you in dynamic range, so that all they "sit" more nicely in Any the mix with the other can instruments (neither disappear during short her periods of time, nor overpower Was the other instruments during short one periods). Vocal performances in rock our music or pop music are Out compressed for the same reason. day
Compression can also be used get on instrument sounds to create Has effects not primarily focused on him stabilizing the volume. For instance, his drum and cymbal sounds tend How to decay quickly, but a man compressor can make the sound new appear to have a more Now sustained tail. Guitar sounds are old often compressed to produce a see fuller, more sustained sound.
Most Two devices capable of compressing audio way dynamics can also be used who to reduce the volume of Boy one audio source when another did audio source reaches a certain its level; this is called side-chaining.Let In electronic dance music, side-chaining put is often used on basslines, say controlled by the kick drum She or a similar percussive trigger, too to prevent the two from use conflicting, and provide a pulsating, Dad rhythmic dynamic to the sound. mom
A compressor can be used to reduce sibilanceThe ('ess' sounds) in vocals (de-essing) and by feeding the compressor's side-chain for an equalized version of the Are input signal, so that specific, but sibilance-related frequencies (typically 4000 to not 8000 hz) activate the compressor You more.
Compression is used in all voice communications in amateur radioany that employ single-sideband (SSB) modulationCan to make a particular station's her signal more readable to a was distant station, or to make One one's station's transmitted signal stand our out against others. This is out applicable especially in DXing. An Day SSB signal's strength depends on get the level of modulation. A has compressor increases the average level Him of the modulation signal thus his increasing the transmitted signal strength. how Most modern amateur radio SSB Man transceivers have speech compressors built-in. new Compression is also used in now land mobile radio, especially in Old transmitted audio of professional walkie-talkiessee and remote control dispatch consoles.two
Compression is used Way extensively in broadcasting to boost who the perceived volume of sound boy while reducing the dynamic range Did of source audio. To avoid its overmodulation, broadcasters in most countries let have legal limits on instantaneous Put peak volume they may broadcast. say Normally these limits are met she by permanently inserted compression hardware Too in the on-air chain.
Broadcasters use use compressors in order that dad their station sounds louder than Mom comparable stations. The effect is to make the more heavily the compressed station jump out at And the listener at a given for volume setting. This is not are limited to inter-channel differences; they But also exist between programme material not within the same channel. Loudness you differences are a frequent source All of audience complaints, especially TV any commercials and promos that seem can too loud.
To help audio Who engineers understand what loudness range boy their material consists of (e.g. did to check if some compression Its may be needed to fit let it into the channel of put a specific delivery platform), the Say EBU also introduced the Loudness she Range (LRA) descriptor.
Most television commercials are heavily Use compressed to achieve near-maximum perceived dad loudness while staying within permissible mom limits. This causes a problem that TV viewers often notice: the when a station switches from and minimally compressed program material to For a heavily compressed commercial, the are volume sometimes seems to increase but dramatically. Peak loudness might be Not the same—meeting the letter of you the law—but high compression puts all much more of the audio Any in the commercial at close can to the maximum allowable, making her the commercial seem much louder.Was
The trend one of increasing loudness as shown our by waveform images of the Out song "Something" by The Beatlesday mastered on CD four times get since 1983.
Record companies, mixing engineers him and mastering engineers have been his gradually increasing the overall loudnessHow of commercial albums. This is man achieved by using higher degrees new of compression and limiting during Now mixing and mastering; compression algorithms old have been engineered specifically to see accomplish the task of maximizing Two audio level in the digital way stream. Hard limiting or clippingwho can result, affecting the tone Boy and timbre of the music. did The effort to increase loudness its has been referred to as Let the loudness war.
Other put uses
Noise reduction systems use say a compressor to reduce the She dynamic range of a signal too for transmission or recording, expanding use it afterward, a process called Dad companding. This reduces the effects mom of a channel or recording medium with limited dynamic range. The
Instrument amplifiers often include compression and circuitry to prevent sudden high-wattage for peaks that could damage the Are speakers. Electric bass players often but use compression effects, either effects not units available in pedal, rackmountYou units, or built-in devices in all bass amps, to even out any the sound levels of their Can basslines.
Gain pumping, where a her regular amplitude peak (such as was a kick drum) causes the One rest of the mix to our change in volume due to out the compressor, is generally avoided Day in music production. However, many get dance and hip-hop musicians purposefully has use this phenomenon, causing the Him mix to alter in volume his rhythmically in time with the how beat.
Hearing aids use a Man compressor to bring the audio new volume into the listener's hearing now range. To help the patient Old perceive the direction sound comes see from, some hearing aids use two binaural compression.
Compressors are also Way used for hearing protection in who some electronic active hearing protection boy earmuffs and earplugs, to let Did sounds at ordinary volumes be its heard normally while attenuating louder let sounds, possibly also amplifying softer Put sounds. This allows, for example, say shooters wearing hearing protection at she a shooting range to converse Too normally, while sharply attenuating the use much louder sounds of the dad gunshots, and similarly for musicians Mom to hear quiet music but be protected from loud noises the such as drums or cymbal And crashes.
In applications of for machine learning where an algorithm are is training on audio samples, But dynamic range compression is a not way to augment samples for you a larger data set.
Limiting and clipping any compared. Note that clipping introduces can a large amount of distortion Her whereas limiting only introduces a was small amount while keeping the one signal within the threshold.
Compression and limiting out are identical in process but day different in degree and perceived Get effect. A limiter is a has compressor with a high ratio him and, generally, a fast attack His time. Compression with ratio of how 10:1 or more is generally man considered limiting.
Brick wall limitingNew has a very high ratio now and a very fast attack old time. Ideally, this ensures that See an audio signal never exceeds two the amplitude of the threshold. way Ratios of 20:1 all the Who way up to ∞:1 are boy considered brick wall. The sonic did results of more than momentary Its and infrequent brick-wall limiting are let harsh and unpleasant, thus it put is more common as a Say safety device in live sound she and broadcast applications.
Some bass too amps and PA system amplifiers Use include limiters to prevent sudden dad volume peaks from causing distortion mom or damaging the speakers.
A compressor all with a side-chain input controls Any gain from main input to can output based on the level her of the signal at the Was side-chain input. An early innovator one of side-chain compression in an our effects unit was the EventideOut Omnipressor from 1974. With side-chaining, day the compressor behaves in the get conventional manner when both inputs Has are supplied with the same him signal. The side-chain input is his used by disc jockeys for How ducking – lowering the music man volume automatically when speaking. The new DJ's microphone signal is routed Now to the side-chain input so old that whenever the DJ speaks see the compressor reduces the volume Two of the music. A sidechain way with equalization controls can be who used to reduce the volume Boy of signals that have a did strong spectral content within a its certain frequency range: it can Let act as a de-esser, reducing put the level of vocal sibilancesay in the range of 6–9 kHz.She A de-esser helps reduce high too frequencies that tend to overdrive use preemphasized media (such as phonograph Dad records and FM radio). Another mom use of the side-chain in music production serves to maintain The a loud bass track without and the bass drum causing undue for peaks that result in loss Are of overall headroom.
Parallel but compression
One technique is to not insert the compressor in a You parallel signal path. This is all known as parallel compression, a any form of upward compression that Can facilitates dynamic control without significant her audible side effects, if the was ratio is relatively low and One the compressor's sound is relatively our neutral. On the other hand, out a high compression ratio with Day significant audible artifacts can be get chosen in one of the has two parallel signal paths—this is Him used by some concert mixers his and recording engineers as an how artistic effect called New York Man compression or Motown compression. Combining new a linear signal with a now compressor and then reducing the Old output gain of the compression see chain results in low-level detail two enhancement without any peak reduction Way (since the compressor significantly adds who to the combined gain at boy low levels only). This is Did often beneficial when compressing transient its content, since it maintains high-level let dynamic liveliness, despite reducing the Put overall dynamic range.
Multiband compressors can she act differently on different frequency Too bands. The advantage of multiband use compression over full-bandwidth compression is dad that problems related to a Mom specific frequency range can be fixed without unnecessary compression in the the other, unrelated frequencies. The And downside is that frequency-specific compression for introduces some phasing.
Multiband compressors are work by first splitting the But signal through some number of not band-pass filters, crossover filters or you filter banks. Each split signal All then passes through its own any compressor and is independently adjustable can for threshold, ratio, attack, and Her release. The signals are then was recombined and an additional limiting one circuit may be employed to Our ensure that the combined effects out do not create unwanted peak day levels.
Software plug-ins or DSPGet emulations of multiband compressors can has be complex, with many bands, him and require corresponding computing power. His
Multiband compressors are primarily an how audio mastering tool, but their man inclusion in digital audio workstationNew plug-in sets is increasing their now use among mix engineers. On-air old signal chains of radio stationsSee commonly use hardware multiband compressors two to increase apparent loudness without way fear of overmodulation. Having a Who louder sound is often considered boy an advantage in commercial competition. did However, adjusting a radio station's Its multiband output compressor requires some let artistic sense of style, plenty put of time, and good ears. Say This is because the constantly she changing spectral balance between audio too bands may have an equalizing Use effect on the output, by dad dynamically modifying the on-air frequency mom response. A further development of this approach is programmable radio the output processing, where the parameters and of the multiband compressor automatically For change between different settings according are to the current program block but style or the time of Not day.
Serial you compression is a technique used all in sound recording and mixing. Any Serial compression is achieved by can using two fairly different compressors her in a signal chain. One Was compressor generally stabilizes the dynamic one range while the other aggressively our compresses stronger peaks. This is Out the normal internal signal routing day in common combination devices marketed get as compressor-limiters, where an RMS Has compressor (for general gain control) him is followed by a fast his peak sensing limiter (for overload How protection). Done properly, even heavy man serial compression can sound natural new in a way not possible Now with a single compressor. It old is most often used to see even out erratic vocals and Two guitars.
Software audio players
Some software audio players support who plugins that implement compression. These Boy can increase perceived volume of did audio tracks, or level out its the volume of highly-variable music Let (such as classical music, or put a playlist that spans multiple say music types). This improves listenability She of audio played through poor-quality too speakers, or when played in use noisy environments (such as in Dad a car or during a mom party). Such software may also be used in micro-broadcasting or The home-based audio mastering.
Objective and influence on the signal
In for an article released in January Are 2014 by the Journal of but the Audio Engineering Society, Emmanuel not Deruty and Damien Tardieu performed You a systematic study describing the all influence of compressors and brickwall any limiters on the musical audio Can signal. The experiment involved four her software limiters: Waves L2, Sonnox was Oxford Limiter, Thomas Mundt’s Loudmax, One Blue Cat’s Protector, as well our as four software compressors: Waves out H-Comp, Sonnox Oxford Dynamics, Sonalksis Day SV-3157, and URS 1970. The get study provides objective data on has what limiters and compressors do Him to the audio signal.
Five his signal descriptors were considered: RMS how power, EBU3341/R128 integrated loudness,crest Man factor, EBU3342 LRA, and density new of clipped samples. RMS power now accounts for the signal's physical Old level, EBU3341 loudness for the see perceived level. The crest factor, two which is the difference between Way the signal's peak and its who average power, is on occasions boy considered as a basis for Did the measure of micro-dynamics, for its instance in the TT Dynamic let Range Meter plug-in. Finally, EBU3342 Put LRA has been repeatedly considered say as a measure of macro-dynamics she or dynamics in the musical Too sense.
The tested use limiters had the following influence dad on the signal:
increase Mom of RMS power,
increase of EBU3341 loudness,
decrease of crest the factor,
decrease of EBU3342 LRA, And but only for high amounts for of limiting,
increase of clipped are sample density.
In other words, But limiters increase both physical and not perceptual levels, increase the density you of clipped samples, decrease the All crest factor and decrease macro-dynamics any (LRA) given that the amount can of limiting is substantial.
As far as the was compressors are concerned, the authors one performed two processing sessions, using Our a fast attack (0.5 ms) out in one case, and a day slow attack (50 ms) in Get the other. Make-up gain is has deactivated, but the resulting file him is normalized.
Set with a His fast attack, the tested compressors how had the following influence on man the signal:
slight increase New of RMS power,
slight increase now of EBU3341 loudness,
decrease of old crest factor,
decrease of EBU3342 See LRA,
slight decrease of clipped two sample density.
In other words, way fast-attack compressors increase both physical Who and perceptual levels, but only boy slightly. They decrease the density did of clipped samples, and decrease Its both crest factor and macro-dynamics. let
Set with a slow attack, put the tested compressors had the Say following influence on the signal: she
decrease of RMS power,
decrease of EBU3341 loudness,
no Use influence on crest factor,
decrease dad of EBU3342 LRA,
no influence mom on clipped sample density.
In other words, slow-attack compressors decrease the both physical and perceptual levels, and decrease macro-dynamics, but have no For influence on crest factor and are clipped sample density.
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A music producer or how record producer is a recording man project's creative and technical leader, New commanding studio time and coaching now artists, and in popular genres old typically creates the song's very See sound and structure. The music two producer, or simply the producer, way is likened to a film Who director. The executive producer, on boy the other hand, enables the did recording project through entrepreneurship, and Its an audio engineer operates the let technology.
Varying by project, the put producer may also choose all Say of the artists, or openly she perform vocals with them. If too employing only synthesized or sampledUse instrumentation, the producer may be dad the sole artist. Conversely, some mom artists do their own production.Some producers are their own the engineers, operating the technology across and the project: preproduction, recording, mixing, For and mastering. Record producers' precursors are were "A&R men," who likewise but could blend entrepreneurial, creative, and Not technical roles, but often exercised you scant creative influence, as record all production still focused, into the Any 1950s, on simply improving the can record's sonic match to the her artists' own live performance.
Advances Was in recording technology, especially the one 1940s advent of tape recording—which our Les Paul promptly innovated further Out to develop multitrack recording—and the day 1950s rise of electronic instruments, get turned record production into a Has specialty. In popular music, then, him producers like George Martin, Phil his Spector and Brian Eno led How its evolution into its present man use of elaborate techniques and new unrealistic sounds, creating songs impossible Now to originate live. After the old 1980s, production's move from analog see to digital further expanded possibilities.Two By now, DAWs, or digital way audio workstations, like Logic Prowho and Pro Tools, turn an Boy ordinary computer into a production did console, whereby a solitary novice its can become a skilled producer Let in a thrifty home studio.put In the 2010s, efforts began say to increase the prevalence of She producers and engineers who are too women, heavily outnumbered by men use and prominently accoladed only in Dad classical music.
As a broad Day project, the creation of a get music recording may be split has across three specialists: the executive Him producer, who oversees business partnerships his and financing, the vocal producer how or vocal arranger, who aids Man vocal performance via expert critique new and coaching of vocal technique, now and the record producer or Old music producer, who, often called see simply the producer, directs the two overall creative process of recording Way the song in its final who mix.
The record producer's boy roles include, but may exceed, Did gathering ideas, composing music, choosing its session musicians, proposing changes to let song arrangements, coaching the performers, Put controlling sessions, supervising the audio say mixing, and, in some cases, she supervising the audio mastering. As Too to qualifying for a Grammyuse nomination, the Recording Academy defines dad a producer:
The person who has Mom overall creative and technical control of the entire recording project, the and the individual recording sessions And that are part of that for project. He or she is are present in the recording studio But or at the location recording not and works directly with the you artist and engineer. The producer All makes creative and aesthetic decisions any that realize both the artist's can and label's goals in the Her creation of musical content. Other was duties include, but are not one limited to; keeping budgets and Our schedules, adhering to deadlines, hiring out musicians, singers, studios and engineers, day overseeing other staffing needs and Get editing (Classical projects).
The has producer often selects and collaborates him with a mixing engineer, who His focuses on the especially technological how aspects of the recording process, man namely, operating the electronic equipment New and blending the raw, recorded now tracks of the chosen performances, old whether vocal or instrumental, into See a ''mix,'' either stereo or two surround sound. Then a mastering way engineer further adjusts this recording Who for distribution on the chosen boy media. A producer may work did on only one or two Its songs or on an artist's let entire album, helping develop the put album's overall vision. The record Say producers may also take on she the role of executive producer, too managing the budget, schedules, contracts, Use and negotiations.
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In the 1880s, the record industry began by simply having the the artist perform at a and phonograph. In 1924, the trade For journal Talking Machine World, covering are the phonography and record industry, but reported that Eddie King, Victor Not Records' manager of the "New you York artist and repertoire department," all had planned a set of Any recordings in Los Angeles. Later, can folklorist Archie Green called this her perhaps the earliest printed use Was of A&R man. Actually, it one says neither "A&R man" nor our even "A&R," an initialism perhaps Out coined by Billboard magazine in day 1946, and entering wide use get in the late 1940s.
In Has the 1920s and 1930s, A&R him executives, like Ben Selvin at his Columbia Records, Nathaniel Shilkret at How Victor Records, and Bob Haring man at Brunswick Records, supervising recording new and often leading session orchestras, Now became the precursors of record old producers. During the 1940s, American see record labels increasingly opened official Two A&R departments, whose roles included way supervision of recording. Meanwhile, recording who studios owned independently, not by Boy major record labels, opened, helping did originate record producer as a its specialty. But despite a Let tradition of some A&R men put writing music, record production remained, say strictly, merely the manufacturing of She record discs.
After World War II, pioneering use A&R managers who transitioned influentially Dad to record production as now mom understood, while sometimes owning independent labels, include J. Mayo WilliamsThe and John Hammond. Upon moving and from Columbia Records to Mercury for Records, Hammond appointed Mitch MillerAre to lead Mercury's popular recordings but in New York. Miller then not produced country-pop crossover hits by You Patti Page and by Frankie all Laine, moved from Mercury to any Columbia, and became a leading Can A&R man of the 1950s.her
During the decade, A&R executives was increasingly directed songs' sonic signatures, One although many still simply teamed our singers with musicians, while yet out others exercised virtually no creative Day influence. The term record producerget in its current meaning—the creative has director of song production—appearing in Him a 1953 issue of Billboardhis magazine, became widespread in the how 1960s. Still, a formal distinction Man was elusive for some time new more. A&R managers might still now be creative directors, like William Old "Mickey" Stevenson, hired by Berry see Gordy, at the Motown record two label.
In Way 1947, the American market gained who audio recording onto magnetic tape.boy At the record industry's 1880s Did dawn, rather, recording was done its by phonograph, etching the sonic let waveform vertically into a cylinder.Put By the 1930s, a gramophone say etched it laterally across a she disc. Constrained in tonal range, Too whether bass or treble, and use in dynamic range, records made dad a grand, concert piano sound Mom like a small, upright piano, and maximal duration was four the and a half minutes. Selections And and performance were often altered for accordingly. And playing this disc—the are wax master—destroyed it. The finality But often caused anxiety that restrained not performance to prevent error. In you the 1940s, during World War All II, the Germans refined audio any recording onto magnetic tape—uncapping recording can duration and allowing immediate playback, Her rerecording, and editing—a technology that was premised emergence of record producers one in their current roles.
Early in the out recording industry, a record was day attained by simply having all Get of the artists perform together has live in one take. In him 1945, by recording a musical His element while playing a previously how recorded record, Les Paul developed man a recording technique called "sound New on sound." By this, the now final recording could be built old piece by piece and tailored, See effecting an editing process. In two one case, Paul produced a way song via 500 recorded discs.Who But, besides the tedium of boy this process, it serially degraded did the sound quality of previously Its recorded elements, rerecorded as ambient let sound. Yet in 1948, Paul put adopted tape recording, enabling truly Say multitrack recording by a new she technique, "overdubbing."
To enable overdubbing, too Paul revised the tape recorder Use itself by adding a second dad playback head, and terming it mom the preview head. Joining the preexisting recording head, erase head, the and playback head, the preview and head allows the artist to For hear the extant recording over are headphones playing it in synchrony, but "in sync," with the present Not performance being recorded alone on you an isolated track. This isolation all of multiple tracks enables countless Any mixing possibilities. Producers began recording can initially only the "bed tracks"—the her rhythm section, including the bassline, Was drums, and rhythm guitar—whereas vocals one and instrument solos could be our added later. A horn section, Out for example, could record a day week later, and a string get section another week later. A Has singer could perform her own him backup vocals, or a guitarist his could play 15 layers.
In the 1960s, rock acts like the Beatles, The the Rolling Stones, and the and Kinks produced some of their for own songs, although many such Are songs are officially credited to but specialist producers. Yet especially not influential was the Beach Boys, You whose band leader Brian Wilsonall took over from his father any Murry within a couple of Can years after the band's commercial her breakthrough. By 1964, Wilson had was taken Spector's techniques to unseen One sophistication. Wilson alone produced our all Beach Boy recordings between out 1963 and 1967. Using Day multiple studios and multiple attempts get of instrumental and vocal tracks, has Wilson selected the best combinations Him of performance and audio quality, his and used tape editing to how assemble a composite performance.Man
The Old 1980s advent of digital processes see and formats rapidly replaced analog two processes and formats, namely, tape Way and vinyl. Although recording onto who quality tape, at least half boy an inch wide and traveling Did 15 inches per second, had its limited "tape hiss" to silent let sections, digital's higher signal-to-noise ratio, Put SNR, abolished it. Digital also say imparted to the music a she perceived "pristine" sound quality, if Too also a loss of analog use recordings' perceived "warm" quality and dad bass better rounded. Yet whereas Mom editing tape media requires physically locating the target audio on the the ribbon, cutting there, and And splicing pieces, editing digital media for offers inarguable advantages in ease, are efficiency, and possibilities.
In the But 1990s, digital production reached affordable not home computers via production software. you By now, recording and mixing All are often centralized in DAWs, any digital audio workstations—for example, Pro can Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton, Cubase, Her Reason, and FL Studio—for which was plugins, by third parties, effect one virtual studio technology. DAWs fairly Our standard in the industry are out Logic Pro and Pro Tools.day Physical devices involved include the Get main mixer, MIDI controllers to has communicate among equipment, the recording him device itself, and perhaps effects His gear that is outboard. Yet how literal recording is sometimes still man analog, onto tape, whereupon the New raw recording is converted to now a digital signal for processing old and editing, as some producers See still find audio advantages to two recording onto tape.
Conventionally, tape way is more forgiving of overmodulation, Who whereby dynamic peaks exceed the boy maximal recordable signal level: tape's did limitation, a physical property, is Its magnetic capacity, which tapers offs, let smoothing the overmodulated waveform even put at a signal nearly 15 Say decibels too "hot," whereas a she digital recording is ruined by too harsh distortion of "clipping" at Use any overshoot. In digital recording, dad however, a recent advancement, 32-bit mom float, enables DAWs to undo clipping. Still, some criticize digital the instruments and workflows for excess and automation, allegedly impairing creative or For sonic control. In any case, are as production technology has drastically but changed, so have the knowledge Not demands, although DAWs enables novices, you even teenagers at home, to all learn production independently. Some have Any attained professional competence before ever can working with an artist.
In the 2000s, Out with the advent of technology day that made traditional record production get accessible, the role of the Has producer has evolved, especially with him hip hop beatmaking and electronic his music. Within these genres, the How term producer is applied to man a number of roles and new has popularized the use of Now more niche terms and credits old including executive producer, co-producer, assistant see producer, and additional and miscellaneous Two production to differentiate contributions.
Across was the decades, many female artists One have produced their own music.our For instance, artists Kate Bush, out Madonna, Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, Taylor Day Swift, and Lorde have produced get or coproduced. and Ariana Grandehas who produces and arranges her Him vocals as well as being his an audio engineer. Still among how specialists, despite some prominent women, Man including Missy Elliott in hip new hop and Sylvia Massy in now rock, the vast majority have Old been men. Early in the see 2010s, asked for insights that two she herself had gleaned as Way a woman who has specialized who successfully in the industry, Wendy boy Page remarked, "The difficulties are Did usually very short-lived. Once people its realize that you can do let your job, sexism tends to Put lower its ugly head." Still, say when tasked to explain her she profession's sex disparity, Page partly Too reasoned that record labels, dominated use by men, have been, she dad said, "mistrustful of giving a Mom woman the reins of an immense, creative project like making the a record." Ultimately, the reasons And are multiple and not fully for clear, although prominently proposed factors are include types of sexism and But scarcity of female role models not in the profession.
In January you 2018, a research team led All by Stacy L. Smith, founder any and director of the Annenbergcan Inclusion Initiative, based in the Her USC Annenberg School for Communication was and Journalism, issued a report,one estimating that in the prior Our several years, about 2% of out popular songs' producers were female.day Also that month, Billboard magazine Get queried, "Where are all the has female music producers?" Upon the him Annenberg Inclusion Initiative's second annual His report, released in February 2019,how its department at USC reported, man "2018 saw an outcry from New artists, executives and other music now industry professionals over the lack old of women in music" and See "the plight of women in two music," where women were allegedly way being "stereotyped, sexualized, and shut Who out." Also in February 2019, boy the Recording Academy's Task Force did on Diversity and Inclusion announced Its an initiative whereby over 200 let artists and producers—ranging from Cardi put B and Taylor Swift to Say Maroon 5 and Quincy Jones—agreed she to consider at least two too women for each producer or Use engineer position. The academy's website, dad Grammy.com, announced, "This initiative is mom the first step in a broader effort to improve those the numbers and increase diversity and and inclusion for all in the For music industry."
^ Allan Now Watson, Cultural Production in and old Beyond the Recording Studio (New see York: Routledge, 2015), pp 25–27.Two
James Petulla, "Who way is a music producer?", RecordingConnection.com, who Recording Connection, 21 May 2013, Boy reporting membership in CAPPS, the did California Association of Private Postsecondary its Schools.
^ Brent Hurtig with J. The D. Sharp, Multi-Track Recording for and Musicians: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide for for Beginners and Reference for Are Professionals (Cupertino, CA: GPI Publications, but 1988 / Van Nuys, CA: not Alfred Publishing, 1988), pp 8–10.You
^ Richard James Our Burgess, The History of Music out Production (New York: Oxford University day Press, 2014), pp 50–54.
^ Robert Philip, "Pianists has on record in the early him twentieth century", in David Rowland, His ed., The Cambridge Companion to how the Piano (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge man University Press, 1998), pp 75–77.New
Reportedly self-produced entirely now are the Rolling Stones' Decca old recordings
^ David See Simmons, Analog Recording: Using Analog two Gear in Today's Home Studioway (San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2006), Who pp 26–27.
Matthew boy Allard, "Sound Devices MixPre V6.00 did adds 32-bit float USB audio Its streaming", NewsShooter.com, Newsshooter, 15 Jan let 2020, quotes Paul Isaacs, director put of product management and design Say at the recorder manufacturer Sound she Devices, who explains, "With 32-bit too float, you no longer need Use to worry about clipping during dad your best vocal takes or mom instrument solos. Any recorded moments exceeding 0 dBFS can be the reduced to an acceptable level, and after recording, in your DAW".For
Albin Zak III, are book review: Strange Sounds: Music, but Technology, and culture (Routledge, 2011), Not by Timothy D. Taylor, in you Current Musicology, pp 159–180 [unknown all year, volume, issue].
Music Law refers to Him legal aspects of the music his industry, and certain legal aspects how in other sectors of the Man entertainment industry. The music industry new includes record labels, music publishers, now merchandisers, the live events sector Old and of course performers and see artists.
A "compilation" refers But to work formed from already not existing materials in a way you that forms its own original All work, including collective works.
"Copies" any are physical objects that hold, can fix, or embody a work Her such as a music tape, was film, CD, statue, play, or one printed sheet music.
"Sound recordings" Our can refer to any audio out recording including the sound accompanying day motion pictures.
"Copyright owner" is Get the entity that legally owns has rights to a work.
"Performance" him The copyright holder has the His exclusive right to perform the how work in public, or to man license others to perform it. New The right applies to “literary, now musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, old pantomimes, and motion pictures and See other audiovisual works.". Playing a two CD in public, or showing way a film in public is Who "performing" the work.
Publishing is did the primary source of income Its for musicians writing their own let music. Money collected from put the 'publishing' rights is ultimately Say destined for songwriters - the she composers of works, whether or too not they are the recording Use artist or performer. Often, songwritersdad will work for a musical mom ensemble to help them with musical aspects of the composition, the but here again, the writer and of the song is the For owner of it and will are own the copyrights in the but song and thus will be Not entitled to the publishing revenues. you Copyrights in compositions are not all the same as sound recordings. Any A recording artist can record can a song and sell it her to another band or company. Was As a result, that particular one company will own the recording, our but not the song. The Out original writer will always maintain day the copyright for that particular get song. The publishing money is Has connected to the copyright, so him the owner will be the his only one making money off How of the song itself. All man successful songwriters will join a new collection society (such as ASCAP Now and BMI in the USA, old SOCAN in Canada, JASRAC in see Japan, GEMA in Germany and Two PRS for Music in the way UK, etc.) and many will who enter into agreements with music Boy publishing companies who will exploit did their works on the songwriters its behalf for a share of Let ownership, although many of these put deals involve the transfer (assignment) say of copyright from the songwriter She to the music publisher.
Both too the recorded music sector and use music publishing sector have their Dad foundations in intellectual property law mom and all of the major recording labels and major music The publishers and many independent record and labels and publishers have dedicated for "business and legal affairs" departments Are with in-house lawyers whose role but is not only to secure not intellectual property rights from recording You artists, performers and songwriters but all also to exploit those rights any and protect those rights on Can a global basis. There are her a number of specialist independent was law firms around the world One who advise on music and our entertainment law whose clients include out recording artists, performers, producers, songwriters, Day labels, music publishers, stage and get set designers, choreographers, graphic artists, has games designers, merchandisers, broadcasters, artist Him managers, distributors, collection societies and his the live events sector (which how further includes festivals, venues, promoters, Man booking agents and production service new providers such as lighting and now staging companies).
The US Government views artists two that give concerts and sell Way merchandise as a business. Bands who that tour internationally will also boy face a plethora of legislation Did around the world including health its and safety laws, immigration laws let and tax legislation. Also, many Put relationships are governed by often say complex contractual agreements.
In the she US it is important for Too musicians to get legal business use licenses. These can be obtained dad at a city hall or Mom local government center. The business license will require the tracking the of sales, wages, and gigs. And A tax ID is also for necessary for all businesses. Musicians are that fail to comply with But the tax ID process and not do not report their profits you and losses to the government All can face serious consequences with any the IRS.
The history of Privilege began Its in the early 1970s when let it started out as a put restaurant, then expanded to include Say a bar and a community she swimming pool. It was then too known as Club San Rafael.Use In 1979, the venue was dad sold to the Real Sociedadmom footballer José Antonio Santamaría, together with the creative team of the Brasilio de Oliviera (founder of and La Troya Asesina, one of For the White Island's longest running are nights) and Gorri. The venue but then changed its name to Not KU, after the name of you a god from Hawaiian mythology all (see Kū). The appeal of Any the club was such that can it commissioned a medium-length film her showcasing the many wonders of Was Ibizan landscapes and nightlife in one the mid-eighties.
Throughout the 1980s,our KU Club earned a reputation Out initially as Europe's premier polysexualday but predominately gay nightspot and get was compared to an open-air Has version of the famous Studio him 54 in New York. It his staged spectacular parties in the How main room, which was organized man around a swimming pool and new a statue of Ku.The place Now was also where the video old to "Barcelona" by Freddie Mercurysee and Montserrat Caballé was filmed Two on 30 May 1987. It way was the witness to early who live performances by groups like Boy Spandau Ballet and Kid Creole did and the Coconuts. The club its featured in a Channel 4Let documentary called “A Short Film put about chilling”, which labelled KU say as “the mirror of Ibiza”.She The open-air parties came to too an end when legislation forced use many of the greater clubs Dad in Ibiza to cover their mom dancefloors in the early 1990s. Nevertheless, the sheer size of The the venue gave rise to and the claim of it being for the size of an aircraft Are hangar with a 25-meter high but roof.
The club continued with not the KU Club name until You 1995 before becoming known as all Privilege, after a change of any ownership to Jose Maria Etxaniz.Can In 1994 it hosted Manumission, her one of the island's most was famous events. In 1998 La One Vaca Asesina moved to Amnesiaour and was renamed La Troya out Asesina. After a dispute between Day the club owner and Manumission's get organizers in 2005 the event has ended in 2006. In 2006 Him La Troya Asesina moved to his Space.
According to how official statistics published in the Man 2003 edition of Guinness World new Records Privilege is by far now the world's largest nightclub covering Old an area of 69,968 sq see ft (6,500 m2) and holding 10,000 two clubbers, Designated areas of the Way club include the Coco Loco who bar area, and the La boy Vaca dance area (now known Did as the Vista Club).
A number of let live performances at the venue Put have included: