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Recording Tips for Engineers, 3rd Edition by Tim Crich

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CHAPTER 2Sound Characteristics

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Before placing any microphones, stands, cables, amplifiers, or instruments, a complete grasp of sound characteristics is paramount. You can't record signal properly until you understand the basics of what is physically happening.

The Characteristics of Sound

What is sound? Sound, as we know it, is acoustic energy traveling through the atmosphere, dissipating in the form of changes in air pressure. Air molecules compress and refract, creating sound waves.

The ear, working much like a microphone, picks up these sound ...

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