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    Mixing On Headphones

    A Professional Perspective

    Headphone mixing is becoming a core skill for everyone. We asked some of the biggest names in engineering how they get the best results.

    Techniques . Jul 2020
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    Phones & Ohms

    The Hidden Perils Of Headphone Impedance

    The frequency response of your headphones probably isn't neutral, but at least it's always the same. Or is it?

    Techniques Oct 2019
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    Designing & Measuring Reference Headphones

    Heads Up

    Headphones are central to music-making and music listening. But can we trust what they’re telling us? We ask the experts...

    Techniques Oct 2018
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    The Elephant In The Control Room

    Why Only Subwoofers Can Produce Accurate Low End

    One of the most misunderstood subjects in pro audio is control–room nearfield monitoring: the dos and don’ts, the problems and suggested remedies.

    Techniques Nov 2015
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    An Introduction To In-ear Monitoring

    The Sound In Your Head

    In-ear monitoring is becoming a practical option for musicians and engineers at all levels. Is it time you made the switch?

    Techniques Feb 2013
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    On-stage Monitoring

    Sound On Stage

    Learn how to choose and use on-stage speaker or headphone monitoring systems. After all, if you can't hear what you're doing, then your live performances are going to suffer.

    Techniques Mar 2004
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    Mixing On Headphones

    What To Use & How To Do It

    It's often necessary to work on headphones in the home studio, even when mixing. So what headphones should you choose, and how do you go about getting the best results?

    Techniques Dec 2003
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    Monitoring & Acoustic Treatment

    Studio Installation Workshop

    There's little use spending money on fancy mics, processors and plug-ins if your speakers are badly placed and your room's frequency response has more peaks than the Himalayas! So here we'll be looking at practical ways to improve your recording and listening environments.

    Techniques May 2003
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    Cue Monitoring Techniques

    Cue Monitoring Techniques

    One of the secrets of overdubbing is setting up good cue monitoring for the performer. There are, however, a number of different approaches and it is important to choose the most appropriate for the task at hand.

    Techniques Jan 2003
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    Monitors vs Hi-fi Speakers: Part 2

    For Project Studio Monitoring

    We conclude our two-part examination into whether the traditional distinction between studio monitors and hi-fI speakers is justified. This month, the power-handling and compression characteristics of our four test monitors come under scrutiny...

    Techniques Jul 2002
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    Choosing & Installing A Subwoofer

    A Guide To Setting Up Your System

    An incorrectly set up or unsuitable design of subwoofer can seriously compromise the accuracy of your monitoring environment. We outline the performance characteristics of the different types and show you how to incorporate a sub for optimum effect within your system.

    Techniques Jul 2002
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    Monitors vs Hi-fi Speakers: Part 1

    For Project Studio Monitoring

    Loudspeakers are traditionally designed for either monitor or hi-fi applications, but is there actually any difference? And just how suitable are hi-fi speakers for nearfield monitoring in the project studio? In Part 1 this month, we examine measured responses.

    Techniques Jun 2002
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    Monitor Placement

    Optimising Your Monitor Setup

    If your monitoring isn't up to scratch, your whole production will suffer, so here are some tips on setting up your room so that your mixes always sound their best.

    Techniques Mar 2002
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    Figure 1: A diagrammatic representation of Dolby's Dynamic Range Control (DRC) process.

    Surround Sound Explained: Part 5

    Metadata, Upmixing, Downmixing & The Centre Speaker

    There's a lot more to 5.1 surround sound production than stereo with extra channels — new, bewildering terms and concepts abound. This month, we explain Metadata, Upmixing, Downmixing, and look at what that centre speaker actually does...

    Techniques Dec 2001
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    Surround Sound Explained: Part 4

    5.1 Surround

    SOS's guide to the world of surround sound comes right up to date with the first of two looks at the modern 5.1 standard, and its use with DVD Video and DVD Audio discs.

    Techniques Nov 2001
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    YOU ARE SURROUNDED Surround Sound Explained - Part 3 Published in SOS October 2001 Printer-friendly versionBookmark and Share Technique : Recording / Mixing Though a commercial failure in the 1970s, the Ambisonics surround sound system was technically fla

    Surround Sound Explained: Part 3

    Ambisonics

    Though a commercial failure in the 1970s, the Ambisonics surround sound system was technically flawless, and survives to...

    Techniques Oct 2001
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    Figure 1: A conceptual Dolby Pro Logic/Surround matrix encoder.

    Surround Sound Explained: Part 2

    Dolby Pro Logic

    Hugh Robjohns continues SOS's series on surround sound with a detailed look at Dolby Pro Logic, the widely used surround system originally developed for use in the cinema, and considers how you might adapt your home recording setup to allow mixing in this format.

    Techniques Sep 2001
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    Surround Sound Explained: Part 1

    Foundations

    Surround sound in one form or another has been a part of the film industry for many years, but the emergence of affordable digital technology has now pushed it into the domestic mainstream. Hugh Robjohns begins SOS's definitive guide to surround and its implications for the hi-tech musician.

    Techniques Aug 2001
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