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Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology by Gary Gottlieb

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In Search of Aesthetics

Aesthetically, the approach is more complex. Choosing the proper preamplification, for instance, becomes critical. In addition to choosing a preamp that will give the signal a proper boost, the engineer needs to choose a preamp that will introduce a minimum of noise. Although the choice of a preamp that will introduce a minimum of noise would appear to be purely technical, for many it becomes an aesthetic decision. Some preamps have reputations for having a “warm” sound, with some timboral coloration, while others are thought of as transparent or “cold.” Even on the most basic level, this is an example of how the technical and the aesthetic cannot be separated.

Part of the audio professional’s job is to expand that path ...

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