CHAPTER 22How Music Instruments Produce and Propagate Sound

“Wait a minute, I thought this book was about acoustics?”

It’s really all about recording in a less than an ideal environment, and how to improve that situation as much as is economically possible. Part of that equation is often the requirement of going in closer with your microphone placement on music instruments to help reduce acoustic anomalies that might conflict with the correct capturing of that instrument’s timbre. In-tight mic placement is often essential to getting the best possible sound from an acoustic instrument. Let’s face facts, if an electronic keyboard player stops by your apartment at 3:00 PM to lay down some tracks, you plug him into your laptop, hit record, and let ...

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