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what you can't measure
Author: Posted by Oliver Archut
Date: 04/12/2004
This is no scientific way of working, because especially in electro acoustics there is still the rule *what you can't measure is not there* - and it is like that.
I agree with the general point of your e-mail but disagree with statement above. For my findings even today after nearly 100 years of electro acoustic we are still use very crude standards for quantifying audio. There are several differences in audio that can not be measured ,maybe we lack the proper technique, but the result is audible. We still measure audio as a static function, and do not include the dynamic character of any recording, dynamic range and intermodular distortion is trying to place values on dynamic functions but still done static. Over the years I did several test myself and talked to some people considered 'audio legends' that agreed that there is more than just the test gear. Several companies in the professional audio community work with artists together, to make analog and digital audio sound products to sound more live like, why do not just measure it and good is?
Since a couple of years the 'sound' questions is quite talked about and even the standard mics get bigger, better, brighter, there is a demand for simpler better 'sounding mics'. Even if if tried to emulate the *good tone* based on measurements it doesn't work.
Best regards,
Oliver  
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