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Mixing, Recording, and Producing Techniques of the Pros, Second Edition by Rick Clark

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Chapter 11. Field Recording and Film Sound

The world around us is full of sounds that we take for granted. Those of us who spend huge blocks of our lives in studios and listening rooms—analyzing the soundstages and wet and dry properties of particular musical recordings at hand—rarely take the time to focus our awareness and appreciation on the natural sonic richness that surrounds us every day.

Field recording for film and for ambient augmentation in musical settings requires much more than a mere documentary approach. An essential understanding of the gestalt of the cinematic or musical moment, in which the ambient recording is to be applied, is essential in conveying the proper tone. For example, if a scene is melancholy, then the audio environment ...

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