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Critical Listening Skills for Audio Professionals by F. Alton Everest

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The dummy head in binaural recording

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For the first part of this section, you should be listening over your loudspeaker.

The theme for this unit is very simple: Two ears are better than one! Everyone knows that, but do we really appreciate fully the tremendous benefits we enjoy every day by having two ears? Let’s look into this a bit before we experience true binaural sound with dummy head recording.

It is possible for us to direct our attention toward a desired source of sound as our mind rejects interfering sounds. For example, in a crowd of people, we can converse with one person successfully in spite of a din of competing voices:

This ability is often called the cocktail party effect.

As we listen to polyphonic music, it is possible ...

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