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RE: Josh - as always I appreciate your comments.

I've never heard that in simply miked recordings. Even most simply-miked recordings are too hot, since they use forward-facing cardioids, and put them at the front of the stage, rather than in the audience. But they don't seem to suffer from the screech effect.

BTW, I have to give credit where credit is due -- this isn't my own theory, it's something I read about elsewhere. Not sure if I first saw it in Toole, or first read about it somewhere. But if I recall correctly there's an AES paper on it somewhere. The problem *can* be avoided with even a closely-miked recording, by equalizing the strings, which is why not all of them are screechy. It's possible that some mixes are better than others, since an LP mix forex might be made with EQ on the violins but the CD mix without, it's going to depend on the knowledge of the mixer and the desire of the producers.

Another thing that bothers me about some recordings is that the strings are often pushed up in level so that they outshout the rest of the orchestra. Composers knew that the strings weren't the loudest instruments and brought in the more raucous ones when they wanted a climax. IMO, pushing up the strings distorts the music, but it seems that some conductors prefer the sound that way, just as some prefer a podium perspective.


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