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Spatial Audio by Francis Rumsey

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6  Two- and three-channel recording techniques

This chapter is concerned with basic recording techniques for two- and three-channel spatial audio systems – in other words the principles of ‘conventional stereo’ with a small extension to three front channels (in fact no more than a step back in history in some ways). Principles of two-channel recording technique are covered because they are a useful starting point for the understanding of the surround sound techniques covered in the chapter following this.

6.1  Science versus aesthetics in spatial recording

Some issues relating to the aims of spatial recording were introduced in Chapter 1, and they surface again here. The primary objects of discussion are the aesthetic standpoint of the mixing ...

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