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Chapter 2. Modes, Nodes, and Other Terms of Confusion

Understanding how sound works (within an enclosed space) helps determine how to design recording studios properly. You pick up the best speakers you can afford—special amplifiers—all made specifically for recording studio environments, all designed to avoid adding color to your mix. Then you place them inside a room that colors the sound anyway. Room modes can lead to uneven levels in frequency and longer sound decays than normal. In a critical listening room, like the control room in your studio, you need to hear exactly what’s coming out of those speakers. You don’t want to have the levels affected by anything other than how you set them on the board. But the room you’re in can do just that—make ...

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