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Music Engineering, 2nd Edition by Richard Brice

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Message in a Bottle – Valve technology

What is ‘valve sound’?

Currently worldwide business in valves is an estimated several million dollars a year, most of which is in audio. But why have valves made a comeback? Many believe that digital music production and recording has a certain ‘sterility’ and the incorporation of valve circuitry in the recording chain assists in reducing this undesirable characteristic. Certainly, peculiarities of valve equipment and circuitry may influence the tone of the reproduced sound but it is necessary to observe the distinction, made in Chapter 2, concerning the differences between musical and recording/reproduction electronic systems. Put bluntly, and despite widespread popular belief to the contrary, it is ...

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