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

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Historical Overview

Much of the reasoning behind the development of early signal processing lies in the changes that the recording industry has undergone. Early recordings, before multitracking was available, relied heavily on the room in which the performances were played for ambience. The size, shape, and materials from which a concert hall, ballroom, or studio were made, as well as the microphones used to make the recordings, were key factors in determining the character of the sound of a recorded ensemble. Early monophonic recordings used few microphones. In order to pick up all the musicians, these microphones were somewhat distant from the ensemble, simulating the position of a listener in the room. The microphones, because of their distance ...

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