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Recording Studio Design, 4th Edition by Philip Newell

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Chapter 24

Foldback

[The performing environment for the musicians. Constant voltage distribution systems. Impedance calculations. Stereo vs mono. Mixing by the musicians. Types of headphones. Advantages of different options.]

A very important aspect of any recording studio is its monitoring environment, as this is the means by which all the studio proceedings are ultimately judged. However, it should not be forgotten that there is another very important monitoring environment: the foldback system. When musicians are using foldback, it is their world. The acoustic sounds of the studios, the real sounds of the instruments, or the sounds as heard by the recording engineers in the control rooms are all only peripheral concepts to a musician ...

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