chapter  16
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Surround Recording Case Studies

In this section we will examine six surround recordings that demonstrate a number of the

techniques discussed in the previous chapter. These examples range from fairly modest studio

resources up to large concerted works that include chorus, organ, piano, and percussion

ensembles in performance with normal orchestral resources. In each case, recording channel

limitations restricted us to no more than eight tracks. This called for careful planning, since the

eight “stems” had to be used not only for creating surround mixes but also for making any

adjustments in the stereomix during later postproduction. In this connection wewill introduce a

concept of subtractive mixing, as it applies to demixing and subsequent remixing, of tracks to

attain an ideal balance.