In order to give us more insight...

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Attitude, Apr 17, 2005.

  1. Attitude

    Attitude Guest

    Hi folks, this is one of my favourite sites, and I think this one will help us on our way to more insight, too.

    Douglas Self is one of the Amp-Gurus. I like his attitude towards subjectivism. Recently, I have been reading his book "Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook". This is a must! Can't wait to read his older volume "Self on Audio".
  2. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    Hey, thanks for the link, Attitutude.

    I really enjoyed reading it his writings on "Subjectivity." (I think it covers more than just amp design....he sure sounds like someone I'd enjoy having a conversation with about a LOT of things in our biz.)
  3. Zilla

    Zilla Active Member

    Mar 29, 2005
    WY / CA
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    I own and have read those books and learned much from them. However, I feel that his "Subjectivity" chapter throws too much weight behind Objectivity. That is, the strong reliance on what a distortion meter or oscilloscope reads for determining audio performance. Pure objective analysis is just as futile as pure subjective impression. In every instance which I have observed an objectively "perfect" piece of gear auditioned in the studio, the engineers and musicians have turned their noses up at it!

    The design and problem-solving chops of an EE is best tempered with artistic feedback from music engineers, producers and musicians. This synergy produces the best in audio performance.

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