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Recording and Producing Audio for Media by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 3. Loudspeakers and Monitoring

The sound chain begins with the microphone, whose signal is sent to a console or mixer for routing and then processed, recorded, and heard through a loudspeaker. Although the loudspeaker is last in this signal flow, no matter how good the other components in the audio system are the quality of every sound evaluated is based on what you hear from a loudspeaker interacting with the room acoustics. More than with any other component, knowing a loudspeaker’s sonic characteristics in relation to the acoustic environment is fundamental to the accurate monitoring and appraisal of audio material.

The solution seems straightforward enough: select the best loudspeaker for the given room. But which is best? Is it the ...

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