Over time, changes in the music industry have increased the demand for better techniques. As a result, sound engineers have an uphill task in incorporating the latest technology. However, using the latest technologies retains clients and ensures quality services as most technological advancements prove more efficient. So, here are five trends that sound engineers and any AV technician shouldn't miss.
1. Cloud Computing as a Storage Solution
Sound engineers can now use cloud storage to store and access files from any device, anytime, anywhere. The need to carry around storage hardware is now in the past. High security and protection for copyrighted and sensitive files is also a guarantee with cloud solutions. Besides, cloud storage scales to accommodate the change in needs without extra hardware.
2. Use of Virtual Reality (VR) To Improve the Quality of Music
Modern-age music production demands much screen time and concentration. Unfortunately, distractions are bound to happen. Nonetheless, virtual reality enhances total immersion for high accuracy. For example, some VR solutions place the sound engineer or music producer in a virtual environment with notes and cords. The producer can then move in space to refine the characteristics of the music.
3. Interactive Sound Modification Capabilities
Increased attention is seen in the ability to modify a given sound within a complex mixture when the sound engineer decodes the audio. Sound engineers also use interactive sound modification to create custom sound mixtures. Such mixtures include personal music remixes and stadium vs. commentator sound effects.
4. Increases Use of High-Resolution Audio (HRA)
Downloads and live streams have been established as the dominant digital audio format. Yet, compression that makes the files functional has, in the past, reduced the audio quality. But, HRA, i.e., audio with an elevated sample frequency, ensures a discernible audio quality. Also, since the distribution of audios is internet-based, the recipient receives the files with no quality degradation.
5. A rise in the Use of Wireless Equipment
In the past, the audible, quality sound was often achieved by connecting various equipment with many cords. The needed cables always increase with the amount of equipment, which sometimes causes fall injuries. The risk of equipment damage from faulty wires also increases. Nonetheless, the music industry has seen increased music performance without the hassle of wire cables.
As in any other field, change in the music industry is inevitable. So, sound engineers should always be on the lookout to remain relevant and deliver quality output. However, some technologies mentioned above aren't an industry norm yet. Still, the innovations will soon embody the sound engineering industry.
For more information, contact a local sound engineer.