Chapter 7

Introduction to Acoustics

The arts of orchestration and equalization may at first appear to be distantly related topics, but an experienced producer will consider the two to be close relatives. This chapter explores the connections between orchestration and equalization forged by the scientific properties of sound. An understanding of acoustics will help you avoid the “muddiness” found in poorer orchestrations that in turn affects the overall effectiveness of a final mix. Additionally, this chapter introduces simple equalization processes that can enhance the clarity of a project.

The Overtone Series

In Chapter 5, you were introduced to the idea that vibrating bodies send out pressure waves that we perceive as sound. To take this concept ...

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