Knowing not a lot about such things, can I ask a simple, basic question about speakers please? It has often puzzled me why it is important (or is it) to have the left channel amp output fed to the left speaker and the right to the right speaker. To my mind, having them swapped over would be like listening to the music from the back of the stage, rather than from the front, no? And I understand some concerts are performed on thrust stages or even 'in the round' so how does that work in relation to stereo imaging and positioning etc? Just askin' , like . Dave.
Have you tried serious listening to your headphones the wrong way around, ie left earpeice on right ear and vice versa? You will get a similar effect.
The handing is so that you hear the stereo image in the way the recording studio intended. This is not always logical to a standard band layout e.g. snare drum sounding right and kick on the left instead of the more common centre.
More important would be if you had handed 'speakers, then left must be left etc. to enable the 'speakers to perform as intended.
Post by freddypipsqueek on Sept 23, 2012 21:20:05 GMT
I think its less important when its that newfangled pop music. It doesn't matter which speaker the bumperty bump and plinkety plonk comes from.
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With orchestral music, it feels unnatural to me to have the first violins on the right. When you look at the orchestra from the audience, they are normally on the left. Having them on the right makes you feel as though you're sitting, playing in the orchestra looking out.
Mmmm, not such a numptie question after all, judging by the answers anyway . I can understand the need to have left channel on the left etc. from the recording engineers point of view - that's how he intended you to hear it and he's recorded it so that, in his opinion and experience, that gives the musical atmosphere he wanted us to hear. But with some stuff that passes for music these days it's probably not so important dare I suggest? Dave.
The vast majority (if not all) of Keith Jarrett's trio recordings (and I have them all, dozens of 'em!) have him towards the right, Jack DeJohnette's drums mainly left, and Gary Peacock's bass in the middle. I'd be completely disorientated if I heard these the other way round: it's actually a signifier to me that the L/R plugs are the wrong way round (see, the Mini APE thread, for example).
Those of you familiar with Diana Krall's early recrodings may notice that the piano seems the 'wrong way' round? It does to me anyway. Bass notes are to the left which means that you hear the instrument as the player would... in a recording I would expect to have top end to the left, bottom end to the right... if any separation was called for that is, because from a natural audience perspective a piano sounds diffuse.
I don't think this mike placement/recording technique is limited to Diana Krall (of whom I have very little music, although I do find the cover of her latest release very interesting, for all the wrong reasons). The KJ solo piano recordings have a similar 'bass left/treble right' disposition: I've always assumed this is to give some sense of stereo space, and I would find the other way round to be most disconcerting.
The KJ solo piano recordings have a similar 'bass left/treble right' disposition: I've always assumed this is to give some sense of stereo space, and I would find the other way round to be most disconcerting.
They appear to do that with TV audio quite a bit too.