17 Inventions That Changed Music Industry

The music industry is always a dynamic industry. It is flooding with a variety of inventions that is changing the course of the music industry over time.

Going back to the 70’s

Beatles is a name that is not unknown to anyone. Until today, we listen to their songs, consider them as evergreen. A number of innovations overturned this sector for a long time now. Let us take a brief look at some of the marvelous inventions that changed music.

Technologies Changes Music Industry

Phonograph 1877

This is the beginning of playback with Edison’s phonograph design. A bit heavy mechanics. Menlo Park’s wizard needs strips of paper, telephone diaphragm and voice to sing ‘Mary had a little lamb’ to conduct an experiment for sound. There were competitions that gradually improved the model

Microphone 1877

David Edward Hughes, a British telegraph pioneer. He is the person to first create and introduce the microphone. Carbon granules are loosely packaged in a confined place. Sound vibrations create different electric currents and provide stable reproduction. The first transmission was of a scratching insect.

Headphones 1910

Nathaniel Baldwin and Utah Mormon initially constructed but sonically potent cans. At the basic level, he crafted radio earphones out of copper wires and operators headband. After this development, he struggled with a  lot of private companies to buy his product but he was rejected everywhere. Finally, his invention was accepted by the Navy. They called for these in the wake of a War. The interesting aspect is the headphones were developed in the kitchen!

Victor Orthophonic Victrola Phonograph 1925

The Victor device remains at the top at that time because of its turntable practicality. While other features include ornamental, wood furnishing cabinet style. This device gets the name in the list of antiques simple because of its unique design. To make it better than Edison’s model, it consisted of a superior high-ranking acoustic sound design.

Magnetic Tape 1928

Before America’s Great Depression and WWII, there were several developments in the sound technology that later on went to became home audio tools and signature studios for decades to come. Fritz Pfleumer began to find an alternative to magnetic tape.  He eventually ended utilising iron-oxide powder along with the think paper and lacquer to make the world’s only magnetic recording tape at that era.

The LP 1931

In 1930, vinyl long players were available in the market. The RCA- Victor was responsible for the commercial availability. Few LP’s were taken for a spin at the initial time. Incidentally, due to Depression, they could not afford RCA-Victor. Subsequently, twenty years later, Columbia record introduced the format to the world. After the LP was open to all, it gave tough competition to RCA

AEG Magnetophon Tape Recorder 1935

Magnetic tape is properly used in 1935 by German electronics company AEG (Allgemeine Elektricitäts-Gesellschaft). They were the first among to unveil the tape recorder for regular usage.  The Magnetophon’s design was done keeping in mind the magnetic tape. First revealed to the public at the Berlin International Radio Exhibition. It created buzz around 40’s but as usual, it did not run in an extraordinary manner. The first recordings were unreadable. Manufacturers started using various types of other oxides to clear the sound quality.

Bell Labs Two-Channel Stereo 1937

Numerous ways were figured to produce quality sound but failed after a lot of struggle. Above all, Bell Labs used a 1937 movie and manipulated this as a demo to project the channel that can split up to several tracks from one epicenter of single source record. This was basically done to emphasize and enhance the sound and make movies experiencing better with a high-quality stereo sound system.

The Vocoder 1940

Vocoder basically manipulated singers pitch. This is done by Bell Labs physicist to have a firmly compressed voice communication. It takes place with phone lines. It was considered to be an essential tool to understand the trans- Atlantic discussions between President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. After thirty years, a German electronic band made it popular among the common people.

Regency TR-1 Transistor Radio 1954

Regency and Texas instruments are responsible to bring the transistor radios which are portable, handheld music devices. They made it available to the public. Rock and roll are available to the kids for this invention and in addition, it clearly broadcasts the baseball in the morning.

JTM45 Amplifier 1962

Jim Marshall, Ken Bran and Dudley Craven are the masterminds behind the amplifier.  Their main aim was bass playback, hence, their music outcomes just roared the entire lists of music charts.

Phillips Compact Cassette Tape 1963

By 1963, radio is a known phenomenon for all the people. gradually, kids are moving ahead into rock and pop style music.  philips came into the rescue. It unveiled the first three millimeters wide long cassette tape at a fair in Berlin. It then became the principal mode of music and cassette distribution. The last important day of Philip store was the annual cassette store day.

8 Track Tape 1965

Bill Lear produced the beta version of 8 track model after some of them thought of making endless loop tapes. Ford executives offered 8 track model installation. As a result, it changed the way in how we listen to music.

The Walkman 1979

Fashion standards increased with this portable music player. First, designed by Sony. It totally transformed the way people accepted music. People carry it with them and had the opportunity to listen to music anywhere they go. Sony wanted to make something more compact than a tape recorder or cassette player. For example, with Walkman, people could casually ignore people on the streets as they had earphones jacked inside their ears. Credit goes Baldwins’s headphones and Philips cassettes player.

Commercial Compact Disc 1982

Philips and Sony brainstorming process made a very creative discovery of the CD”s. An optical 12-centimeter audio disc which is amplifying superior sound. With consumption of Laser beams, it can convert digital data to analog sound. Meanwhile, entry of CD’s has slapped the cassettes out of people’s home.

Akai S900 Sampler 1986

Akai broke barriers with hip-hop and electronic produce beyond the capacity. However, s900 sampler players 30 repurposed songs.

The MP3 1995

It is an audio file developing in 1982, over the next 13 years, computers are changing a lot and are emerging to be a sophisticated device. Karlheinz Brandenburg helped his professor to apply digital phone technology to music. Here the computer benefitted the development. With the involvement of MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group) and the internet, it received the proper and excellent hosts. Hereby, the extension.mp3 emerged.

Therefore, these were the inventions which revolutionized the music industry since the 60’s. Hope you like this article then shares it with your friends and let your music buddies know what are these antique innovations.