Ground Rules

Ok kids. Let’s start with a few ground rules. After all, we need to be on the same page. If you haven’t read “About This Blog” that’s a good place to start. Go ahead. It won’t hurt you.

If you still want to read me, we need to talk about some audiophile concepts.

My focus here will be to discuss producing, in a home environment, a sound field which is indistinguishable from the original live acoustic musical performance from which it was recorded. Why only acoustic music? Because (almost all) electronically amplified music recordings have no original acoustic performance. They commonly exist only in the engineer’s headphones or played back over studio monitors after being altered by the “production” process. There is no reference. Sadly, even much recorded acoustic music suffers from a similar fate. But at least there were some sounds that were originally made by the artists that could be heard in person and theoretically reproduced in the home.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy my rock. I do. But listening to an electric guitar is a subjective exercise. If you don’t like the audio processing the engineer chose in the studio, you can crank up the equalizer and make it sound any way you like. Personal preference. No problem. But there can be no reproduction if the recording itself is the “original”. So we will be dealing with the unplugged tracks here. The ones that actually use microphones to capture the original sound. Cool.

Still with me? Good. Don’t worry. This will be fun. I promise.

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