By Andreas Caccese
Did you notice the soundtrack in the Rogue One trailer sounds pretty electronic? Music innovation and the Star Wars franchise go way back...
Back in 1977, when Star Wars was released for the first time, the film amazed the audience with unprecedented surround effects: laser beams, flying ships, lightsabers swinging in the air…all of these incredible sounds required intense processing, prompting director George Lucas to adopt new digital technology to record and edit the audio. Looking for a faster and cheaper way to edit sound, Lucasfilm, Lucas’ own production company, developed SoundDroid, one of the world’s earliest audio workstations. This platform is the grandfather of widespread software the likes of Pro Tools, Ableton or Logic, and it was one of the first integrated digital mixing solutions available. Even though only a prototype was ever built, his work is a direct influence on music production software that is still being used in professional facilities and home studios alike.
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