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Recording Studio Design by Philip Newell

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Chapter 17

The Live-End, Dead-End approach*

The aims of the concept. The reflexion-free zone. Means of achieving the ‘live’ element. The need for a uniform decay rate. The practical needs of modern control rooms.

An earlier studio control room design philosophy than that of the Non-Environment room is the so-called Live-End, Dead-End (LEDE). As with the Non-Environment approach, this divides the control room into areas of contrasting acoustic function in an attempt to provide a listening environment that makes the room’s own acoustics subservient to those of the monitored programme.

The quote attributed to Jack Wrightson1 in the account of the Non-Environment room (Chapter 16) provides an equally valid reference point for the LEDE philosophy: ...

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