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Chapter 5. Monitoring

5. Monitoring

In audio production, no single item in the sound chain is more important than the reference loudspeakers, and no process in evaluating the product is more important than monitoring. The sound chain begins with the microphone, whose signal is sent to a console, mixer, or computer for routing, processing, and recording and heard through a loudspeaker. Although the loudspeaker is last in this signal flow, no matter how good the other components in the audio system, the quality of every sound evaluated is based on what you hear from a loudspeaker interacting with the room acoustics. Knowing a loudspeaker’s sonic characteristics in relation to the acoustic environment is fundamental to the accurate monitoring and appraisal of audio material.


  

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