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Subject: Mechanics vs. art
From: Mark Schubin <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mark Schubin <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 29 Jan 2018 07:51:20 -0500

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On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 9:33 PM, Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> It would be great if at some point someone like Mark Schubin could explain to us the
> mechanics of the radio/HD transmissions (meaning, how the voices are mic'd/balanced
> and what the desired result is - which I assume is NOT necessarily to make everyone
> sound as they do in the house, but most likely instead to make the voice-to-voice and
> voice-to-orchestra balance more even).

As an engineer, I would be happy to explain the "mechanics" of how the
sound gets from the stage to you, but what you ask inside the
parentheses is a matter of art, not technology.  I can tell you that,
just as a painter of art might step back to consider the look of a
work, so, too, the people in charge of the Met's sound mix made
multiple visits to a cinema auditorium to consider the sound as it
would be heard there; my job was to ensure that what they heard
matched what we would have transmitted of the same mix.  We also
visited a cinema auditorium to test various options before making
changes to our visual transmission system.

The "mechanics" of pigments, oils, canvas, and brushes, unfortunately,
do not explain the Mona Lisa.  Sorry!


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