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Recording Studio Design by Philip Newell

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Chapter 6

Rooms with characteristic acoustics

Unusual recording environments. The influence of the environment on the musicians and the music. The search for special sounds. The negative effects of a containment shell. The sounds of different construction materials. The effects of the directional characteristics of loudspeakers and microphones. Stone rooms. Acoustic and electronic reverberation characteristics. The 20% rule. Reverberant verses bright rooms. Low frequency considerations. Orchestral rooms. Psychoacoustics and special awareness. Dead rooms.

6.1 Definitions

From Morfey’s Dictionary of Acoustics1:

Dead room: A room in which the total absorbing area approaches the actual room surface area. Note that such a room cannot qualify as ...

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