105 - How Recordings Are Made
The recording process is fraught with compromise necessitated by limitations in the recording medium, and the consumer’s playback system. Overcoming these compromises requires skillful manipulation of the audio signal during the recording, mixing, and mastering phases of a record project. Every aspect of the signal must be scrutinized: dynamic range, tonal balance, level, and signal-to-noise ratio. The final musical and tonal balance achieved in the mixdown session is a product of technical considerations and personal taste. There is absolutely no guarantee that your taste will agree with that of the producer, engineer and artist. The truth is that sensible and tasteful use of signal processing can actually enhance your listening pleasure.
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