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Digital Audio Editing by Simon Langford

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Chapter 6

Tonal Matching

What is Tonal Matching?

Before we move on to our next subject, comping multiple takes into one “master” take, we need to factor in one final technique: tonal matching. What I am referring to here is the process of trying to match the frequency response of different sounds. These could be entirely different sounds but is more likely to be attempting to match the sound (in terms of the frequency response) of alternate takes of the same instrument. This is most likely to occur because any acoustic instrument (including the voice) has the potential to have different tonal characteristics between different takes.

One reason for this is that no microphone has a consistent frequency response at all distances and from all directions. ...

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