chapter  11
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Basic Stereophonic Recording Techniques

Modern stereophonic recording, or stereo as we normally call it, makes use of many diverse

microphone arrays and techniques. At the basis of them all are a set of fundamental two-or

three-microphone arrays for picking up a stereo sound stage for reproduction over a pair of

loudspeakers. In stereo reproduction the listener is able to perceive images on the stereo

sound stage that may span the entire angular width of the loudspeaker array and in some cases

wider than the loudspeaker spacing. The sound sources that are perceived at other than

loudspeaker locations are known as “phantom images,” because they appear at positions where

there are no physical, or real sources of sound.