[linux-audio-user] Re: Decent reverb

tim hall tech at glastonburymusic.org.uk
Sun Feb 6 07:57:53 EST 2005

Last Friday 04 February 2005 22:44, davidrclark at earthlink.net was like:
> Hi Tim,
> > Over-the-top reverbs have their uses, however, they do have to be
> > pleasing to ear.
> Absolutely.  I've created some electronic music tunes and appreciate this
> use of reverb. But it's better in my experience to listen to these
> over-the-top reverbs (which essentially create a new instrument from an
> existing one) in good rooms or alternatively with a good room acoustics
> model. 

OK, I understand the distinction now, thanks for that clarification.

> When I refer to "reverb," I'm actually talking about room 
> acoustics, including reverb.  There is also a phenomenon referred to as
> binaural listening, which you may have heard of.

Not familiar with the subject.

> In other posts, I've referred to this as "stereo separation."  Many people
> familiar with binaural listening, including myself, will tell you that
> this is the best "stereo" or "surround sound" that they've ever heard,
> bar none.  Although in the past, binaural recordings have not been
> successful, I suspect this is because at the time it was tried, headphones
> were very heavy and rather expensive on top of (not instead of) the cost
> of speakers.  They may be commercially viable in the future with all
> the inexpensive, lightweight headphones around.
> One of the advantages of calculated impulse response functions is that
> binaural images are easily obtained from any monophonic recording --- and
> as accurately as you want.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge, that's given me enough clues for a few 
useful searches. Slowly, these things are starting to make sense.


tim hall

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