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Computers In The Music Industry. By: Matt, Chase, and Courtney. Overview. How it all began Notation Software Documentation Recording Art Design File Sharing Advertisement. How It Began. Computers have been making noise in the music industry since the development of Eniac in 1947.

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computers in the music industry

Computers In The Music Industry

By: Matt, Chase, and Courtney


How it all began

Notation Software



Art Design

File Sharing


how it began
How It Began
  • Computers have been making noise in the music industry since the development of Eniac in 1947.
  • Speakers were attached to the mainframe to produce tones that would tell if programs were running correctly. Random tones meant everything was ok, continuous tone meant the program had crashed.
  • The First music program was written by Max Mathews in the early 1960s.
how it began4
In 1968, the first recording software was written by Max Matthews.

It was capable of controlling analog synthesizers in real time.

Throughout the 70s and 80s, more advancements were made in computer technology

Musicians took advantage of the speed and efficiency of these programs

Thanks to the microprocessor, computers such as the Apple II and the Commodore 64 found wide uses in homes

Brought recording technology to musicians who could not afford to use professional recording studios

Led to production of home composition and recording software

How it Began
notation software
Notation Software
  • -Notation or composition software began with MUSIC.
  • The purpose of such software is to speed up the writing of music and allow easy duplication of scores.
  • Many types of notation software include the ability to connect to instruments.
  • Finale is one of the most popular examples of notation software.
  • This program is used in schools nation wide as well as many composition institutes.
  • The software can play back anything written in it and simulate the sound of hundreds of instruments. Some versions allow interaction with real instruments via MIDI connections
  • Documentation software is necessary for the business end of the music industry.
  • documentation software helps keep track of contract info, artist rosters, contract agreements, etc.
  • Word processors are a necessity.
  • Like any business, properly formatted letters and memos must be available. Word processors are used just like they are in any other business to keep things at a professional level.
database software
Database Software
  • A crucial aspect of keeping records of all transactions for:
    • artists sales
    • artist contact information
    • mailing lists
    • prices
    • fees
recording software
Revolutionized the music industry.

Digital Editing made cutting tape manually a concept of the past

Poor recordings could easily be fixed

More financially practical

One program could perform the same actions as thousands of dollars worth of equipment.

Recording Software
  • This program is the industry standard for recording software.
  • Gives engineers the ability to fix almost any aspect of a recording.
  • Bad notes
  • Microphone hiss
  • Depth
  • Volume
  • GarageBand
  • Cool Edit
  • Cubase
  • Acid Pro
  • Logic
art design
Art Design
  • Art design is vital to the music industry
  • Having good cover art is crucial to success.
file sharing
New talent gains greater exposure to different audiences

Independent bands are exposed to widespread acceptance without the creative hindrance that a label provides.

Some argue that file sharing has brought down the sales of CDs and taken millions away from the pockets of the musicians but as a result more people attend live shows which is a musician’s primary source of income

File Sharing
legal issues in file sharing
Over the past few years there have been countless legal issues with file sharing.

U2 vs Napster

Metallica vs Napster


Legal Issues In File Sharing
legal and illeagal file sharing
Itunes is a legal form of file sharing by the use of micro transactions where users pay per song to download

Illegal File Sharing Programs include Napster, Kazaa, Limewire, and many others.

Legal and Illeagal File Sharing
  • Artists use the internet to advertise new cd releases, tour dates, merchandise, and bonus tracks
  • Samples of new songs are released to entice the listener to buy the album