Why Room Acoustics is Very, Very Important: Part 2

In the last part of this discussion, we covered why we want a good room to listen in. In this part, we’ll jump into how we get a good room to listen in. We’ll talk about desirable traits for a room, and why these traits are so sought-after. The Ideal Listening Room The subject of…

Why Room Acoustics is Very, Very Important: Part 1

Whether you’re listening to music, watching a film or television programme, or playing a video game, a good audio setup is important. Where high quality sound is the goal, an unfortunate amount of times, the acoustics of the room is ignored. This short series of articles aims to help you figure out what makes your…

The rise of voice control

These days it seems impossible to go anywhere without encountering technology with voice control embedded in it. It’s in our phones and tablets, on our laptops, in our cars and now in our speakers. Banks are allowing you to make payments by voice , and even law enforcement agencies using recordings made by them to…

Foley: The Art of Going Unnoticed

What is Foley Sound? When you’re watching a film, the sound you hear coming from your speakers isn’t always the sound that was recorded on set. While filming a car chase scene, it is very unlikely that the sound recordist, no matter how skilled, will be able to capture every little detail. The sound of…

What is Surround Sound

Basics If you’ve ever experienced a surround sound system when watching a film or playing a video game you know how amazing they can be. They are often labelled 5.1 or 7.1, depending on how many speakers and channels in the system. 5.1 5.1 is comprised of six channels, each with their own mono speaker….

The Oldest Audiophile Argument

The question of “which is better, Analogue audio or Digital audio?”, is an old one, and one that has been argued about for years. Analogue audio is old and loved by many in the audio enthusiast world. Digital audio, on the other hand, is new and fangled, and sometimes frowned upon by the older audiophile…

A History of Headphones

The History of Headphones We often take the process of evolution for granted. It is in everything, ourselves as a race and individuals included. Everything on this Earth has evolved from something, a tree from a seed, an empire from an idea, a headphone from arm strain. By 1881, speakers had been around for some…

Dynamic Music Composition

What is Dynamic Music Composition? Try watching a film with the sound switched off. Not only will you have no clue what anyone’s saying (unless you’re a talented lip-reader), but so much of the impactful emotional content is lost. You can watch the introduction to “Saving Private Ryan” and experience the visceral brutality of war…