We get a lot of people asking us what we think is going to be happening in the world of recording during any given year. Here are our 5 audio recording industry predictions for 2017.
For a long time, those buying an audio interface have had to take a bet on a certain protocol. If you wanted to use Pro Tools HD, then you had to go DigiLink. If not then it was perhaps Thunderbolt, USB or more recently an ethernet based connection like Dante.
The good news is we've started to see interfaces offering more than one connection option. Now a Pro Tools HD user can connect with DigiLink, and if they need to use their laptop, then they can use a second connection option like Thunderbolt or USB.
Expect to see more in 2017.
Audio Over IP
It wasn't that long ago that Audio Over IP was considered something that geeks might use.
Audio Over IP is coming of age with many more people seriously considering using an audio interface using this connectivity.
Expect to see Audio Over IP take even more market share in 2017. What was once considered niche will soon become the norm.
Augmented & Virtual Reality
AR and VR are taking off in a number of sectors including games and education and of course they need immersive sound to complete the illusion. At last ambisonics has found an application outside of the super niche corner it has occupied until now. Add to that, the fact that ambisonics is so much easier to do with digital processing.
In many respects ambisonics was way ahead of its time with A format and B format and all the processing having to be done the analog domain. Now technology has caught up, coming together with the fact that ambisonics has a mainstream application in AR and VR.
We have seen a number of developments in 2016 including the announcement of the Sennheiser Ambeo mic and the purchase of the Soundfield brand from TSL by Rode's parent company as well as ambisonics plugins from Audio Ease and Noise Makers. Already in 2017 we have seen the announcement of the Rode Videomic Soundfield.
Both education and gaming are big markets and will need immersive audio content to go with the 360 degree experience and ambisonics is ideal for this, so watch out for more ambisonics software and hardware, to make acquisition and post production of audio for AR and VR coming through in 2017
More Specialist Plugins
We all love a bit of retro and vintage recreation, modelling of old studio hardware has made us smile, offering what were once the tools of the few now available to many.
But where plugins excel is doing things not possible with hardware. One of the kings is iZotope RX which for many is an essential part of their audio toolbox. However, companies like Sound Radix are making other plugins like AutoAlign that do things we wouldn't have imagined possible just a few years ago.
The good news is that more and more niche plugin developers are using their skills to offer us plugins to make the impossible possible.
Keep your eyes open for some very cool 'voodoo' plugins this year.
Really? Are we writing Windows, on what is perceived by some, as a blog written by die-hard Apple fanboys?
Let us be clear; we don't subscribe to the 'Mac's aren't pro anymore' media feeding frenzy we've seen more recently. Many of the team are using Mac Pros and Macbook Pros daily in their professional audio work and will continue to do so.
However, there is now a growing acceptance amongst even some Mac users that Windows computers are a viable computer for pro audio. Windows owners will be reading this and saying 'of course they are' but that's like asking your Mum who the best kids are in the world.
2017 may be the year when more people who previously wouldn't have done so consider Windows for audio and music production.