Dynaudio Professional has announced the release of Choosing by Ear – Practical Loudspeaker and Monitor Systems Evaluation. Authored by Paul Mac the paper provides a practical guide to monitor selection by ear.
Choosing the right monitors can be a challenge in any scenario. Dynaudio tells us that to choose well from many candidate monitors for their multiple stereo and 5.1 monitor setups, recording studios and broadcast production facilities often conduct blindfold listening tests. They do this to make the best possible decision based entirely on pure audio considerations.
Fred Speckeen, Global Business Manager, Dynaudio Professional, told us, "Monitors must be the most overhyped and least understood part of the audio chain. Paul Mac brings together his own extensive experience and the seminal AES20 standard to this paper, providing a practical approach to selecting monitors via critical listening. Inspired by the fact that monitor selection by systematic blindfold tests is increasingly common at the highest levels of the pro audio industry, this paper covers the issues of listening environment, listening material and the listening process. Buying monitors is one of the most critical and expensive decisions each of us has to make in assembling a studio that's a joy to work in. We hope that this paper contributes to making that process a success for everyone."
The paper is available as a free download along with accompanying audio files for stereo and multichannel system configuration.
About The Author
After studying acoustics and audio electronics, Paul Mac worked as a theatre-sound operator and engineer, music and post production technical support engineer, sound editor, programmer, and lecturer before accepting the post of Technical Editor on The Mix magazine.He went on to be Editor of Audio Media magazine for nearly 15 years and has served on the BAFTA games juries for game audio and game music, and the Conch post production awards committee and jury.
Paul is now the Editor of the Audio Production Network, an online magazine covering the "practice, technology, and business of creative audio production.
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