I know how a certain speaker model sounds in the vocal range. I will hear textures in it I like and I know everyone else will too particularly vocalists and musicians since I’ve spent part of my life as a musician. But I can’t explain it to you. You won’t find it listed on the specification sheet either. It’s art. The masterpiece painting does not come from the best oils, brushes, and canvas. The masterpiece is in the mind of the artist. Just a bit of paint just so completes the masterpiece. I’ve always wondered how a painter knows when a masterpiece is finished. What last stroke of the brush makes it so.
I’ve heard pianist that played technically by the written note but couldn’t make the music flow. It had a choppy sound. I’ve heard pianist that couldn’t read that well but you knew the music came from the depths of their heart. It just flowed magically from one phrase to the next.
Mixing sound comes to me that way. I intuitively
know where the next measure is headed as I hear the choir sing and make
adjustments as needed ahead of it. I can feel the music build and I build
the sound with them. Because of knowing how to hear the mix and texture,
I know what I’m looking for in a mixer, amplifiers, speakers, microphones,
and processing to get the sound I want to hear. You can’t reduce
that to some electrical test and write a number on a spec sheet. It’s
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