Chapter 15

Studio monitoring: the principal objectives

The functions of a monitor system. Basic points of reference. Differences in perception. Different balances of compromises. Desirable assets. Loudspeakers as information channels. Close field monitoring. The NS10M.

15.1 The forces at work

From the previous chapter it should now be apparent that we are not dealing with perfection when we talk about music reproduction via loudspeakers. The late Richard Heyser (inventor of the Time Delay Spectrometry measurement system, and one of the audio giants of the 20th century) said that ‘In order to fully enjoy the intended illusion of a recording, it is necessary to willingly suspend one’s belief in reality. All recording and reproduction via two ...

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