Chapter 16

The Non-Environment control room

Lack of consistency in current recordings. The concept of the Non-Environment. Discussion of criticisms. Spaciousness – on the recording or in the reproduction. The origins of stereophony. Perception variables. Benefits of the Non-Environment approach. Comparison with stereo microphone techniques. Traditional standards. The origin of the Non-Environment concept.

In this chapter, we will discuss an example of a control room philosophy which is generally representative of the types of stereo control rooms which use hard, reflective front walls and maximally absorbent rear walls. Chapter 17 will put forward the concept of the Live-End, Dead-End (LEDE) control room, which uses an absorbent front half ...

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