tune in: recorded sound

Sound recording has come a long way since it was first invented. Contrary to what you might know, Edison was not the first person to achieve the feat. In fact, it was an obscure Frenchman by the name of Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, a printer and bookseller, who was able to capture sound waves that translated onto a visible form on paper. His invention, the phonautograph, is the earliest known sound recording device invented, but it had one drawback: it could not immediately playback the recorded sound. So as time passed, Martinville's invention was overlooked, forgotten, and overshadowed by Edison's own invention.

Mr. Scott de Martinville, without your invention, we would not be able to record our own music today. As an audio aficionado, I salute you.

And since we're on the topic of recorded sound, check out the 10 Most Bizzare Sounds You Haven't Heard, courtesy of SmashingLists.com:


Looking towards the future, David Schwartz (the inventor of the mp3 format), is building a laser/smoke microphone which promises to be the most accurate way to capture sound. I'm not sure if I'll ever find a use for it in the studio, much less be able to afford it when it is eventually released, but it is just too damn cool not to post it here.

To finish things off, I stumbled across the SPL DrumXchanger. A plugin that allows you to substitue individual hits in your drum tracks, and provides the ability to mix signal and sample paths. 

Dope.  Click on the pic to read the review.

Let the rains come.