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Recording Spaces by Philip Newell

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Chapter 9

The studio environment

9.1  Colour, light and human sensitivities

Much has been written in the preceding chapters about the studio rooms being, first and foremost, rooms for musicians to play in. Obviously, the individual tastes of each and every musician cannot be accommodated by any one studio design, so the ‘ultimate’ environment cannot be produced. Nonetheless there are a few general points which are worthy of consideration. Spaces finished in light colours, for example, feel larger than they would do if finished in dark colours. In general, I find that most musicians like light colours, as they tend to create less oppressive atmospheres in which to spend long periods of time. Daylight would seem to be another widely desired asset. ...

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