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

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Amplifiers

As the name would suggest, an amplifier takes a signal and increases its amplitude. We discussed mic and line preamps, voltage controlled amplifiers, and potentiometers in Chapter 3, as they are all featured on the console in our production room. Just like these other devices, amplifiers are not transducers because the signal is not converted from one form of energy to another; a signal embedded in electrical energy comes in, and a louder signal contained in electrical energy is output. The form of energy is not changed; it is only reproduced at greater amplitude (see Figure 6.18).

Figure 6.18. A Bryston B-100 SST Integrated Amplifier. Photo courtesy of Bryston.

In the consumer market, amplifiers are typically coupled with preamps ...

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