Chapter 25

Computers

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.

Thomas Henry Huxley

When I entered the world of audio and recording in the 1960s, a studio owner had to know how to align tape recorders and swap circuit boards, if not repair them directly. My, how things have changed! Today, instead of aligning tape heads and repairing electronics, you have to know how to optimize your computer to handle as many tracks and plug-ins as possible, back up hard drives to protect your operating system and data files, and install drivers for a new sound card. Many musicians and studios also have their own websites, separate from social networking sites, which require yet another set of skills to maintain. Indeed, an audio ...

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