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Subject: RE: Equalising "Problem"

RE: Equalising "Problem"

From: Gerrit Van Vranken <>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 15:40:57 -0500

Hmmm, I should quit my job then, before they find out I'm superflous.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Fred Maxwell
Sent: Friday, March 12, 2004 3:32 PM
To: Rockbox development
Subject: Re: Equalising "Problem"

Gerrit Van Vranken wrote:

> This is why there are equalizers on
> stereo equipment. Equalization is done during the recording process to
> separate instruments and vocals to their own audible place in the
> audio spectrum and to normalize the sound for play on a variety of
> systems (car speakers, boom boxes and high end systems).

Mixing is how the instruments and vocals are positioned in a multi-channel

Equalization is an adjustment to the frequency spectrum to affect the tonal
balance of the recording. This is done either to cause the recording to
sound more realistic or to achieve some musical effect (e.g. exaggerated
bass on rap and hip-hop).

Seldom are commercial recordings released with eqaulization to compensate
for assumed strengths or weaknesses of listeners' systems (though that was
done by Elvis, who listened on an AM radio because that's what most of his
listeners owned). If one were to EQ a recording to compensate for the
substandard sound of most boom-boxes, it would be unlistenable on a high-end
system. And, after paying many thousands of dollars to construct such a
system, I'd be pretty pissed off to buy such a recording.

   Fred Maxwell


Received on 2004-03-12

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