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

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Chapter 25. Surround Sound Recording and Mixing

For decades, audio specialists have been trying to expand the sense of space and point of origin in recorded music. Reverbs and delays can only do so much sonic trickery in mono and stereo recordings to provide the listener with a sense of space. In the early ’70s, the music industry introduced quadraphonic sound to the consumer market. It was too early; for various reasons, the format was a bust. Obviously, the motive behind quad was to place the listener in the middle of the audio experience. Almost 40 years later, the industry is ready to go after the consumer surround music experience. Much has changed since quad. The introduction of digital technology and the proliferation of home surround systems ...

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