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Recording Music on Location, 2nd Edition by Bruce Bartlett

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BSpecific Free-Field Stereo Microphone Techniques

Some stereo microphone techniques work better than others. Each method has different effects. A few techniques provide sharper imaging; some create a narrow stage effect; some have exaggerated separation, and so on. In this appendix, I compare the characteristics of several specific stereo microphone techniques. All of these use free-field microphones; the next Appendix covers stereo techniques using boundary microphones and dummy heads.

Localization Accuracy

One characteristic that varies among different types of arrays is localization accuracy. Localization is accurate if instruments at the sides of the ensemble are reproduced from the left or right speaker; instruments halfway off-center are ...

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