ON THE SOUND
SOME REFLECTIONS ON AUDIO TECHNOLOGY
by Stefano Barzan
MUSIC EXISTS THANKS TO SOUND
Whenever you work with sound remember that:
1- sound exists even without technology
2- the musicality from life to sounds
3- the rhythm is the physiological basis of musical perception
4- the expressive power does not depend only on the sound volume
5- the character and personality make the music unique and recognizable
Sound quality is what makes it expressive and you always have to look for the best possible sound, in that sense.
If you are a musician, the "beautiful" sound is a concept too abstract to be your goal.
The sound will be perfect when musicality and expression are your goal.
CHASE OR ANTICIPATE? TO EXPERIMENT
Upsampling: yes or no?
We study a lot because in our field it is essential to keep up, to update. When things happen quickly, however, it is easy to make mistakes and for this reason some go off the road, others even leave the scene while still others, for fear of making mistakes, reject changes.
The reality is complex and includes several variables that you can decide to put into play only in an agile structure, with trained collaborators and being a little visionary.
Science speaks for itself but what our ears and heart feel, making us excited, do not have a technical explanation that can be reduced to formulas.
For this reason, even though we know that a 44.1 KHz, 16-bit audio file cannot "grow" digitally, we have experienced that it can be manipulated in such a way that it "requires" a higher resolution in order to make sense of the processing even if this is to be considered absolutely conservative and respectful from the philological point of view.
CLASSICAL MUSIC WITH CHARACTER
The so-called "classical" music shines with its own light in an incomparable way in live performances. Forever fix the memory of an interpretation on a average it offers a series of opportunities that must be seized and of which little is thought about.
Registration is a filter. It cannot be otherwise and whoever says otherwise is wrong. If you understand the concept well, what seems like a limit can become an opportunity.
The recorded sound must be analyzed, studied, understood. Only in this way is it possible to decide on a correct strategy for its treatment. The goal is the transformation of any information contained in it into a reason of interest for the listener. The magical combination of these infinite variables will be the "character" of the sound and it will help to be "unique".
Listening to a recording must be a rewarding and, above all, interesting experience. This is our goal and it requires technical tools suitable, reference listening conditions and a piece of luggage of skills.
Many technicians, in an attempt to give homogeneity to the sounds to make them compatible with each other, create mixes of great "instant" impact, that is, effective over a very short duration but unfortunately lacking in variety. In this way, tonal nuances, colors and dynamics are lost which are responsible for the sound biodiversity of an interpretation. The result leads the listener to fatigue that can lead to boredom, a sensation that we all know well.
Acoustics and technologies
Our studio is the strong point for our customers: equipped, quiet and comfortable.
Converters, amplifiers, monitors, room acoustics are all further filters that condition and interpose themselves between a recording and the listener. It is evident that each of these aspects must represent the state of the art, having to make decisions about its sound.
You cannot cure a mix in an environment that is not well cared for acoustically, noisy due to the equipment present and on unreliable loudspeakers.
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