Neumann Sound Engraver VMS-70

Analog recording is a category of techniques used for the recording of analog signals. This enables later playback of the recorded analog audio.

Analog audio recording began with mechanical systems such as the phonautograph and phonograph.[1] Later, electronic techniques such as wire[2] and tape recording[3] were developed.

Analog recording methods store analog signals directly in or on the media. The signal may be stored as a physical texture on a phonograph record, or a fluctuation in the field strength of a magnetic recording. Analog transmission methods use analog signals to distribute audio content.[4] These are in contrast to digital audio where an analog signal is sampled and quantized to produce a digital signal which is represented, stored and transmitted as discrete numbers.[5]

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  2. ^ Morton, David (April 1998). "Armour Research Foundation and the Wire Recorder: How Academic Entrepreneurs Fail". Technology and Culture. 39 (2): 213–244. doi:10.2307/3107045. JSTOR 3107045. S2CID 112428198. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  3. ^ Schoenherr, Steven E. (July 6, 2005). "Recording Technology History". Recording Technology History. University of San Diego. Archived from the original on February 16, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  4. ^ Elsea, Peter (1996). "ANALOG RECORDING OF SOUND". UCSC Electronic Media Studios. UC Santa Cruz. Retrieved January 25, 2023.
  5. ^ Elsea, Peter (1996). "Basics of Digital Recording". UCSC Electronic Media Studios. UC Santa Cruz. Retrieved January 25, 2023.