Sound design Technological innovations of the 20th century Prior to the s, the manner in which sound in the theatre was produced had not changed Characters in talma gordon more than 2, years. Music was played by musicians present in the theatre. Sound effects were produced by people who mechanically created sounds during every performance of the show.
In the s, however, the recording industry expanded rapidly throughout the world. Along with recordings of classical and popular musicthe first sound-effects libraries were developed. These recordings, made on low-fidelity rpm revolutions per minute records, contained short tracks of many different sounds, from barking dogs to steam locomotives.
First developed for the burgeoning radio market, sound libraries were soon adopted by theatre technicians.
The use of recorded preshow and intermission music to help set the mood of the production became fairly commonplace. Although many sound effects were still produced live, some directors began in the s to make use of prerecorded material.
In the early s there were several simultaneous developments in the audio industry that ushered in the modern era of sound in the theatre. Advances in electronic engineering greatly enhanced the fidelity of recording and playback equipment.
In addition to high-quality playback, magnetic recording tape offered two other advantages over records: Additionally, for the first time the effects and the music needed during a production could be played from a central location.
The playback deck as well as the amplifiers and mixing and equalization equipment were typically housed in a booth at the back of the auditorium. Portable loudspeakers were placed wherever needed on the stage or in the auditorium. Through the use of a playback mixing console also called a mixer or a mixing deskthe sound operator could direct the sound for a particular cue to its appropriate location at a specific loudness level.
It therefore became possible for one operator to run all of the sound cues from the sound booth during a production. Finally, the introduction of tape reduced the number of effects specialists needed; prior to the use of recorded sound effects, it was not unusual for a production to require a crew of six or more to create the effects during a performance, but afterward only one or two nonspecialist crew members were needed, primarily to move speakers and other equipment.
The changes to sound in the theatre over the ensuing three decades were again technologically based.
Experimentation with multitrack recording and playback occurred in a variety of venuesand with various degrees of success, in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. But the most significant change came in the area of vocal reinforcement.
These microphones were typically spaced across the front of the stage for downstage pickup and hung in the fly loft for upstage pickup.New York University (NYU) is one of the world's premier residential research and teaching institutions.
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Stagecraft - Sound design: Prior to the s, the manner in which sound in the theatre was produced had not changed for more than 2, years.
Music was played by musicians present in the theatre. Sound effects were produced by people who mechanically created sounds during every performance of the show.
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In the s, however, the recording industry expanded rapidly throughout the world.