Stereo Recording Techniques – Post 1


Hello everyone. This is the first post in a three post series about basic stereo recording techniques. The series is made of a few chapters, which have been split across three posts. Some will be longer than others, but it should be a nice way to present the topic as you can bookmark specific chapters, if you like.

This post describes how the stereo image is created and how it relates to our hearing systems. Post 2 highlights a number of sonic aspects of the stereo image which should be considered when recording and also when mixing. In terms of recording, Post 3 outlines the different categories of stereo recording arrays and some examples.

Overall, this guide aims to take readers through the creation, manipulation and recording of the stereo image across a variety of musical genres. It should be treated as a primer. Recommended reading will be suggested throughout the series. If you have any questions or you spot any errors, do not hesitate to get in touch with me at

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Surround Sound Recording Technique Research

Early in 2014, I completed an original research project for my Master of Science degree at the University of Salford. Below, you can find the abstract of the dissertation followed by links to each of the chapters. I hope you find it interesting and helpful. If you have any questions, please get in touch by email by clicking here. This project could not have taken place without the assistance of the people listed in the Acknowledgements section further down this page, so thanks again to them!

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Surround Sound Subjective Test Design 4

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If you are reading this chances are you are coming from the set of three posts I made about my experiences in building a Max 6 patch which would allow me to playback surround sound files in accordance to ITU BS.1116, record and process the results.

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Listening and the Modern World

Our world has never been louder. Cities are full of loud engines and angry motorists making good use of their horns. MP3 players and smartphones are widespread so our music or radio can follow us anywhere.

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Guide to Auditioning Mixes

One of the advantages of the online mixing concept that I promote is that the client doesn’t need to travel to the studio to audition mixes. This can be a drawback as the client may feel that they are missing out by not experiencing the mix with the professional equipment. If fact, one of the biggest challengers engineers face is getting a mix to sound good on standard consumer systems.

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