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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    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...

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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.

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    Surround Sound Explained: Part 3

    Ambisonics

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

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    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.

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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.

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