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

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Processors That Affect Timbre

The primary processor that affects timbre is the equalizer. Equalizers are frequency-selective amplifiers. Like the tone control on a stereo, an equalizer will allow select parts of the frequency spectrum to be increased or decreased in level, without affecting the pitch. This is because equalizers change the harmonics, while affecting the fundamental frequency minimally in level, if at all, as described in Chapter 2. Most equalizers we use in audio production have controls that allow for the selection of the desired frequencies and a volume control to increase or decrease the volume of these frequencies. Equalizers can make a sound darker or brighter, help sounds fit together in a mix, and reduce masking, all of ...

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