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The Studio SOS Book by Dave Lockwood, Hugh Robjohns, Paul White

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Chapter One

Monitoring

The first and perhaps most important thing to appreciate is that unless you have a monitoring system that is reasonably accurate, you’ll never be able to create a mix that translates reliably to the outside world, because you have no means of knowing what your mix really sounds like. That may sound obvious, but it is surprising how often we encounter monitoring systems that are quite simply not up to the job. It is worth bearing in mind that even the most expensive professional monitoring systems generate orders of magnitude more distortion and have a far less uniform frequency response than any other element in the entire recording system. Loudspeakers are far and away the weakest link in the chain, and anything you can ...

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