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Recording and Producing Audio for Media by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 24. Evaluating the Finished Product

What makes good sound? Ask 100 audio specialists to evaluate the same sonic material and undoubtedly you will get 100 different responses. That is one of the beauties of sound: it is so personal. Who is to tell you that your taste is wrong? If it satisfies you as a listener, that is all that matters. When sound is produced for an audience, however, professional “ears” must temper personal taste. To this end there are generally accepted standards that audio pros agree are reasonable bases for artistic judgment.

Before discussing these standards, a word about the monitor loudspeakers is in order. Remember that the sound you evaluate is influenced by the loudspeaker reproducing it. You must therefore be ...

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