The Most Important Component -part 2

The Most Important Component – Part 2

So what should the engineer do if he wants to produce the most realistic lifelike faithful copy of the performer(s)? Depends. First of all, he must decide whether he is going to bring you into the concert hall or put the performer(s) in your living room. And he will also need to decide if he wants you to listen with loudspeakers or headphones. In theory he could specify all the characteristics of your audio system to deliver the most accurate sound field to your ears (actually it’s your brain but we’ll get to that later). That would be one hell of a recording. We all know that doesn’t happen.

So what’s the point? The point is you can spend as much money as you want on your audio system (and we will visit this topic later as well!) but unless the guy behind the glass has the same goal as you do, you may find that you have wasted a lot of time and money.

Now that’s not to say that you can’t enjoy a recording of your favorite artist if the engineer doesn’t care about accuracy as much as “creating a sound”. But the good news is that much of this is “Down in the Noise”…

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