The introduction of digital sound recording and posterior the compact disc brought considerable advancements in the permanence of user recordings. The CD instigated another enormous wave of change in the consumer music industry, with vinyl records effectively downgraded to a small niche market by the mid-1990s. However, the record industry harshly opposed the advent of digital techniques, dreading wholesale piracy on a medium capable of creation of perfect copies of original released recordings. However, the industry yielded to the unavoidable, though using varied protection system.
Technological advancements in recording and editing have reformed the movie television and record industries in modern decades. Acoustic editing became feasible with the development of magnetic tape recording, but digital cheap and audio mass storage permits computers to edit audio files easily, cheaply, and quickly. Nowadays, the procedure of making a recording is divided into mastering, tracking and mixing. Multitrack recording enables capturing of signals from various microphones, or from varied ‘takes’ to tape or disc, with maximized quality and headroom, permitting beforehand unavailable flexibility in the mixing and mastering stages for level balancing, editing, limiting and compressing, adding effects like equalization, reverberation, flanging, and much more.