"Recordings" redirects here. For the Porcupine Tree album, see Recordings (album).

Recording is the process of capturing data or translating information to a recording format stored on some form of storage medium, for example a video cassette or DVD, which is often referred to as a record or, especially if an auditory or visual medium, a recording.


Historical records of events have been made for thousands of years in one form or another. Amongst the earliest are cave painting, runic alphabets and ideograms.

Ways of recording text suitable for direct reading by humans includes writing it on paper. Other forms of data storage are easier for automatic retrieval, but humans need a tool to read them. Printing a text stored in a computer allows keeping a copy on the computer and having also a copy that is human-readable without a tool.

Technology continues to provide and expand means for human beings to represent, record and express their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Common and easy ways of recording information are by sound, photography and by video or film.

Analogue and digital

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Recording is commonly denoted by a solid red circle or the letters REC on professional and consumer equipment.

Analogue recording records analogue signals only. Digital recording records both analogue signals and digital signals.

See also

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