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Recording Spaces by Philip Newell

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Chapter 4

Live rooms – their revolutionary strengths and weaknesses

4.1  A brief history of idiosyncrasy

In the early days of recording, when studios were expected to be able to handle any type of recording which their size would allow, live rooms were more or less unknown. To this day, if the only recording space in a studio is a live room, then it is either in a studio which specialises in a certain type of recording, or the room is used as an adjunct to a studio which is mainly concerned with electronic music. Live rooms are distinctly individual in their sound character, and tend to impose themselves quite noticeably upon the recordings made in them. On the other hand, when that specific sound character is wanted, then effectively there is ...

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