Technology has become part of everyday life for most lutenists in the twenty-first century, and a greater awareness as to how these technologies affect the lute is needed. I will seek to show that the recorded lute sound is not a product of simple transference from point A to point B – from performance to recording – but rather a complex evolution, where each technological instance transforms the sound into something new, affecting the aesthetic result. In this article, I will trace this process and discuss what happens to the lute sound as it progresses through various stages of the production process. In doing so, I hope that my research may provide new insight of relevance to performers and producers as well as scholars.

Keywords: lute; recording technology; sound; recording process