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Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology by Gary Gottlieb

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Processors That Affect Location

As discussed earlier in this chapter, close-miking removes the natural ambience that an environment adds to the sound of a recording by focusing closely on the sound source. The room in which an audio event occurs played a larger role in shaping the character of the sound before the advent of close-miking, as did the position of the listener in the environment. When close-miking, it becomes necessary to artificially create an ambience, or perception of relative proximity, in order to produce recordings that have depth and a sense of location, and that sound more interesting. There are many devices available that may be used to simulate lost ambience. First, let us review exactly what has been lost.

Early reflections ...

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