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

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Environmental Effects on Perception of Sound

The impact of the environment on our perception of sound should not be underestimated. In the early days of recording, a group would often stand or sit around a single mic to record. The producer or record label would select a location for recording due to the room’s characteristics. The band would be positioned just far enough away from the mic to allow the room’s reflections to sweeten the blend. When it was time for the sax solo, the saxophonist would take a few steps forward, making himself louder in the mix, then step back at the end of the solo. Concert halls and ballrooms were popular choices for early recordings because these rooms made everything sound better. In this day and age of digital ...

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