Edison with his Improved Phonograph 1888

The Sound Recording Technology History Site explores the history and impact of the inventions that changed the way we listen. Click on the links below to learn about the economic history of sound recording, the nature of recorded culture, or simply the hardware itself.

 

FEATURE ITEMS:

  • Get information about recorders with the new searchable Recorder Database! Currently over 2000 classic recorder models are included, most with pictures and manufacture dates.

 

RECORDING HISTORY BY GENERAL TOPIC:

  • Technology - Recording machines and their makers

  • Industry - The business of recorders and records

  • Culture - The cultural impact of sound recording

SPECIAL FEATURE:
phonautotgraph

Recording Enthusiasts in the U.S. have finally found a way to play back pre-Edison recordings made in the 1860s. (more)

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