Chapter 5Distortion and Noise

Throughout the recording, live sound, mixing, and post-production processes, we encounter technical issues that can introduce noise or degrade our audio signals inadvertently. If we do not resolve technical issues that create noise and distortion, or if we cannot remove noise and distortion from our audio, listeners’ attentions can get pulled toward these undesired artifacts and away from the intended artistic experience of the audio. You may have heard the saying that the only time average listeners notice sound quality is when there is a problem with the audio. In other words, if average listeners do not think about the audio but simply enjoy the artistic experience of a recording, concert, game, or film, then ...

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