I saw a phrase recently about how audio engineering has become more and more at IT job and that resonated with me.
I started off in the mid seventies in a completely analog world, not a computer in sight. By the mid 80s working in local commercial radio in the UK. I can remember us getting a Commodore Pet and then the engineering department office getting a Windows machine for office duties and having to talk to it in MS-DOS.
By the time I went freelance in 1990, I was still working in a largely analog world although we had started to see DATs and other digital recorders having an impact. Then I can remember around 1994 the start of digital audio work stations with systems like the DAR Sound Station, Sonic Solutions and Pro Tools v2 with a 442 interface and 1 gig drive that was the size of a small monitor speaker.
Scroll forward and isn't so much of what we do in pro audio is IT related, keeping the computer running, managing data, backups, off site backups, and so on. In the broadcast engineering world it is even worse, automated layout systems with double redundancy, fibre optic cabling audio over IP and so on?
Personally I am happy I don’t have to spend ages trying to get the best out of an analog tape recorder, and it still amuses me that we now have tape emulation plug-ins to recreate the very things I spent so much time and effort trying to get rid of….
What is your experience of the changing environment of the pro audio world we inhabit?