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Loudspeakers by Keith Holland, Philip Newell

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Chapter 10

The mix, the music and the monitors

10.1 Physics or psychology?

The recording personnel in many small studios seem endlessly to be searching for that magic pair of loudspeakers that they can trust for whatever type of music they mix on them. They swear by one pair of loudspeakers as being their ultimate reference, then after the first mix that fails to sound as good on another system – say at home, or in the A&R department office – they lose all faith in them and seek a new ‘reference’. Until they find that new reference, they may live in a state of unease, and even panic, as their perceived anchor to ‘reality’ loses its grip. Why such well-trusted loudspeakers could suddenly lose their authority has long puzzled many people, but ...

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