Anatomy of a Speaker

Anatomy of a Speaker

No one likes grainy, undefined sound when listening to their favorite tracks. Typically overlooked, the electric speaker has made a sizeable impact on our quality of life, and it would be hard to imagine what life would be like if it had never been invented.

Created based on the works of Thomas Edison and his ilk, electric speakers began to gain prominence in the 1920s, a time when the phonograph or gramophone was the acoustic technology that many utilized to listen to their favorite tunes. Back then, a speaker was typically of the horn design, simply providing a megaphone like effect to amplify sound waves. Since then, the electric speaker has progressed through many iterations each still maintaining the same basic design. The electric speaker unquestionably has influenced all of our lives, but how do they work? In this article we’ll cover the basic anatomy of this incredibly useful device.

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Roland AIRA System-1, TB-3, and TR-8 Product Review

Roland’s recent release of their new AIRA product line marks a significant shift in the company’s approach to releasing instruments which will certainly shock many vintage lovers and traditionally purist analog enthusiasts.

The System-1, TR-8, and TB-3 are each uniquely modern in appearance and circuitry, although Roland has made significant successful efforts to mimic classic vintage analog tones with their new and unique analog circuit behavior. So while these products are not 100% analog, do not worry! They sound almost identical to the standard analog products while offering digital flexibility that older models never could, all at affordable prices much lower than old-fashioned analog synthesizers.

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A Guide To Acoustics

Every time you turn the knob on a mastering tool or mixer, it applies a certain acoustics for the recording.  If you are able to understand recording acoustics and how they work to develop a specific sound, you will have more recording capabilities and have the ability to portray the audio sounds you create.

Acoustics starts with a vibration of the air or an electronic device in some cases.  Air moves through a specific compartment, like the voice or an instrument, in the case of natural acoustics.  The more vibration from the air movement that there is, the more sound it can create for an instrument.  This results in sound waves.  They re-create the air vibrations that are moving through space.

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The History of Audio Recording

With modern technology and the ability to record digital sounds instantly, it may seem that sound recording is a fairly recent invention, especially when we see the extent at which sound can be manipulated and processed in a modern recording studio.

There is, however, a long history of sound processing and specific techniques that have been used to bring sound onto a recorded device. By understanding the extent and progression of the process, you will gain valuable perspective on how to make the most of your recording studio.

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Signal Processors For Sound Defined

Audio recording seems simple from afar. Everyone can hear just fine, so they think they understand what it means to record. It’s akin to literate people believing they can all write well. It does not work that way, as you know. Making a quality recording involves a great deal of discernment. It means knowing what sounds you want and do not want, and being able to successfully filter out sounds you do not need.

Signal processors make this discernment and filtering possible and are typically used during the mixing and pre-mixing phases. The signal processors are vital in the proper set up of musical instruments. Collectively, they are used to define how the  sounds of instruments are turned into a wave. Then the mixing is used to optimize the quality of the sound of the instruments.

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