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Modern Recording Techniques, 8th Edition by Robert E. Runstein, David Miles Huber

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Within the recording process, our ability to judge and adjust sound is primarily based on what’s heard through the monitor speakers in a project studio or control room environment (Figure 17.1). In fact, within the audio and video industries, the word monitor refers to a device that acts as a subjective professional standard or reference by which program material can be critically evaluated.

Despite steady advances in design, speakers are still one of the weakest links in the audio chain. This weakness is generally due to potential nonlinearities that can exist in a speaker system’s frequency response. In addition, interactions with a room’s frequency response can often lead to peaks and dips that affect a speaker’s ...

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