The development of sound recording studios advanced steadily from the 1920s to the 1980s almost entirely in the hands of trained professionals. By the mid 1980s the professional studios had achieved a high degree of sophistication, financed by a recording industry which drew its money principally from the record, film and advertising industries. These client industries were themselves mainly professional industries, and were accustomed to paying professional prices for professional services.

By the late 1980s, recording equipment of ‘acceptable’ quality (at least on the face of it) became available on an increasing scale, and the imminent arrival of domestic/semi-professional digital recording systems was soon to lead to an ‘explosion’. ...

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