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Live Audio: The Art of Mixing a Show by Dave Swallow

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CHAPTER 11

Acoustics

Everything we listen to has acoustical elements to it. Recall our discussion of reverb: Reverb is a simulated acoustic environment created to make your mix sound more spacious, and it can give the effect of being in a certain type of venue (for example, a church or a canyon). Reverb is in everything we hear, and sounds would seem very alien without it. If you listen to an in-ear mix, you can get an idea of what it’s like. It can be hard to work with, because we’re used to hearing sounds interacting with their surrounding environment.

The acoustics of live environments are hard to predict and very complicated. You may find yourself in a venue where the sound is bouncing off all the hard surfaces in the room, and there is nothing ...

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