Eight audio technologies and audio gadgets that will get into the TECnology hall of fame in 2019

Fourteen years ago, the organizers of the TEC Awards - awards for achievements in the field of audio technology - established the Hall of Fame TECnology. The first to include such inventions as the Edison cylinder and the gramophone. Since then, the list is updated annually.
Representatives of the award already announced "New" in 2019. Among them - a modular synthesizer Moog and anechoic chamber. About what makes these things special, we will tell in the material.
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3r33333. Photo Max Pixel /PD /Moog synthesizer [/i]

Anechoic chamber

The first room, completely absorbing sound waves, was built in 1943 for 3r-335.
testing. military audio systems. The project was led by the head of the Harvard Electroacoustic Laboratory, Leo Beranek. After the end of World War II, the sound-absorbing fiberglass coating developed by the scientist was declassified and has since been widely used for acoustic modification of the premises.
In 195? composer John Cage visited the Harvard anechoic chamber. He wanted to experience absolute silence, but instead he heard the sounds that his circulatory system made. John realized that a person observing silence, apart from his will, turns into a source of sound and subsequently created his most famous work, the play “3r3341. 4’33 ’’ 3r33317. ". Throughout the entry, the ensemble members do not play musical instruments.
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There is a myth that people cannot stay in an anechoic chamber for longer than 45 minutes - otherwise they lose their orientation in space and begin to see hallucinations. This is not true - some people feel comfortable in an anechoic chamber even longer.
We talked more about this in 3r3r666. previously

Microphone Beyerdynamic M160

The legendary ribbon microphone manufactured by Beyerdynamic since 1952. A distinctive feature of the M160 is its narrow radiation pattern, not typical for other models of ribbon microphones. For this reason, it "captures" less noise from the environment. All this makes the microphone ideal for recording drums.
3r33333. Photo clusternote / CC BY /Microphones Neumann M49 and Beyerdynamic M160 (foreground) [/i]
Beyerdynamic M160 played an important role in creating 3r395. branded sound
John Bonham during the recording of the fourth studio album, Led Zeppelin IV. And the famous shock introduction to When The Levee Breaks - one of the tracks from the album - has completely healed its own life. He sampled the most different performers : from Bjork and Depeche Mode to Eminem and Dr. Dre.

Electret microphone

Electret condenser microphones are known for their compactness and practicality. They are cheaper than other capacitor models, and their size can be only a few centimeters. The first electret microphone invented Bell Labs engineers James West (James West) and Gerhard Sessler (Gerhard Sessler) in 1962.
Traditional condenser microphones need an external source of polarizing voltage. In electret microphones, this voltage is provided by a special Teflon plate charged during assembly of the device. The remaining electronic components of the microphone are powered by a built-in battery.
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The invention of the West and Sessler is used everywhere: in children's monitors and smartphones, in voice recorders and hearing aids. Estimated 3r3133. National Inventors Hall of Fame
, more than 90% of all microphones in the world are electret.

Modular synthesizer Moog

A modular synthesizer consists of independent audio components connected to a single power bus. Audio sources and transducers can be connected with short audio cables in any order, which allows you to synthesize a wide range of tones.
The idea of ​​a modular synthesizer first appeared in the late 1950s with the engineer Harald Bode. In 196? he demonstrated a prototype at the AES (Audio Engineering Society) conference. This event was attended by inventor Robert Moog, who was inspired by the vision of Harald. Four years later, Robert introduced his Moog Modular.
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For a long time, Moog Modular was not in demand. In a desperate attempt to change it, the company spent the last money to rent the pavilion for 3r3165. The Monterey Music Festival
1967 This move bore fruit - Moog was ordered by representatives of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and other popular groups. Later tool 3r3167. sounded
in the soundtrack of “A Clockwork Orange” and on the album “The Beatles Abbey Road”.
Soon interest in modular instruments was asleep, and Robert Moog began to develop compact synthesizers without open connectors and hanging wires. But the modular Moog still has its adherents. Only in 201? the company 3r3173. reissued
a small batch of instruments in honor of the 50th anniversary of the synthesizer.

iZ Technology RADAR

RADAR, or Random Access Digital Audio Recorder, - 3r3183. The world's first
recording system with 3r3185. support
24-channel digital recording on hard drives. She was released in 1994.
RADAR I was called one of the best digital products on the market — users praised 3r3191. quality
recording and convenience interface . Therefore, the system is good 3r3195. sold
. But with the development of computer hardware, integrated digital recording solutions have lost popularity.
Despite this, the company maintains its competitiveness. The last iteration of RADAR supports the popular DAW , like Pro Tools, and the list of users of the system today includes such celebrities as U? Neil Young and a number of media companies.

Meyer Source Independent Measurement System II (SIM) 3-333246.
This system, released in 199? allows sound engineers follow for the distortion of sound in the hall. Its creator is John Mayer. SIM algorithms analyze audio in real time and suggest how to get rid of the distortion caused by the characteristics of the acoustic design of the room. Taking this information into account, the sound engineer makes adjustments to the equipment settings.
SIM technologies are used in concert halls around the world. They are installed 3r3333317. at the Vienna Philharmonic, Moscow House of Music and the New World Center in Miami.
Millennia Media HV-3

The Millennia Media HV-3 is a microphone preamplifier, first released in 1992. The inventor of the device, John LaGrou, wanted
maximum neutral preamp, which will not color the sound of acoustic instruments.
HV-3 use for recording instrumental audio libraries, such as the Vienna Symphonic Library and Paiste Soundroom collections. Also preamplifier use the creators of sound effects for Hollywood movies.
Sound producer Frank Serafin (Frank Serafine), who is 3r33239. worked
Star Trek: Movie and Tron over HV-3 recorded a collection of movie samples. He said that the device makes it possible to achieve the most natural sound.

JBL Professional VerTec

VerTec is a linear acoustic array for concerts and other public events. The system was created in 2000. JBL was confident in the success of VerTec and for the first time presented technology at a mass congress of the American Democratic Party.
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The VerTec sound "concentrates" on the area of ​​the hall in which the spectators are located. In an interview with Billboard, President JBL compared VerTec sound with a dotted laser beam. Sound engineers noted Another difference from the competitors' equipment is a small weight. This simplified the installation and deployment of VerTec. In addition, the system was supplied with a program for calculating the effective location of the speakers and adjusting their sound.
These benefits made VerTec popular. Already in 200? the arrays sounded in the NFL finals, at the Grammy Awards and the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup. System 3r33278. use
and to this day.
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