Book ID: CBB001551542

Die Geschichte des Tonmischpults: die technische Entwicklung der Mischpulte und der Wandel der medialen Produktionsverfahren im Tonstudio von den 1920er-Jahren bis heute (2013)


Smyrek, Volker (Author)


Publication Date: 2013
Physical Details: xxix + 539 pp.; ill.
Language: German

A mixing console is the nerve center of a studio or a sound system and therefore one of the main tools in audio engineering. The author Volker Smyrek, media engineering and technology historian, takes in the present document the history of this artifact from different angles under the microscope. The art historical considerations, it's more about the principle stages of development of the tube technology on the transistor technology to digital consoles, less certain manufacturers and brands, of which nevertheless play the main text in a certain role. In addition, it should go to the social history of the people who can bring this artifact in connection, above all, these are musicians, engineers and producers. From the 1920s-1970s there was a marked change from the "technician-engineer" to "musician-engineer" and the increasing use of the mixer in a musical context. With the digitization of audio technology, the sociological contexts have changed from the 1980s again - nowadays everyone has in principle the possibility of using a virtual recording studio to create professional recordings in the form of software and music mixdown. This can be seen as the cause of a profound change in the job description and self-image of musicians, engineers and producers who have now come to amateurs in direct competition.

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Review Kursell, Julia (2015) Review of "Die Geschichte des Tonmischpults: die technische Entwicklung der Mischpulte und der Wandel der medialen Produktionsverfahren im Tonstudio von den 1920er-Jahren bis heute". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 491-492). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Bijsterveld, Karin
Horning, Susan Schmidt
Millard, A. J.
Dijck, José van
Weber, Heike
Chanan, Michael
Social Studies of Science
The Journal of Communication
Technology and Culture
Icon: Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology
MIT Press
Cambridge University Press
Amsterdam University Press
Oxford University Press
University of North Carolina Press
Technology and music
Sound Recording Industry
Sound studies
Engineering, audio
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
United States
London (England)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Berlin (Germany)

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