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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

Yes! I want to hear hall ambiance on a recording too!

And you're right, a lot of recordings don't provide it, with the orchestra sounding as if it's been squeezed completely flat! My take on this problem is that it often results from primitive multi-microphoning, rather than from digital recording per se. I mean, there are a lot of digital recordings, even the earliest ones (I'm thinking of some of the Neumann/CzPO recordings on Denon) where I can hear the hall ambiance just fine. And, sometimes, you can hear hall ambiance even when the recording has been closely multi-microphoned (with the ambiance probably recorded separately and then mixed in). And even close microphoning allows for the capture of hall ambiance if done properly - those old Mercury recordings were miked VERY closely, and yet, one can always hear the hall ambiance on them (even if, as in the case of the Minneapolis Northrop Auditorium, the hall itself didn't seem to have much ambiance - LOL!) Also, I have found on certain recordings that, unless I'm playing it at the right loudness level, the ambiance doesn't come into focus as it should. I'm beginning to feel that, for each recording, there's perhaps a very narrow range of loudness levels which shows the engineering at its best - again, perhaps!

I know I've just been running on in a stream of consciousness manner, but the capture of hall ambiance now seems to be a more complex subject than I used to think.


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