Better hearing for the world?
Tonight I went back to the control room we finished, to hear what it sounds and see what the geekie visualization of the room dynamics actually were with the test data. I knew the room was good when I left, of which my comment was, “Dang, I should build myself one of these to meditate & pray in, or simply adapt it to be a very cool listening or movie room!"
As I mentioned, I knew it was a good room. When I say, “Good” it probably means, “Amazing” to most, as when I ever say, “amazing” it really is more like jaw dropping beyond description.
So I sat on the couch and they patched up a reference song.
I smiled, closed my eyes and allowed a giant grin to form upon my face.
Then I moved myself into the sweet spot where all this work for mixing audio will happen and I darn near crapped myself with the sheer beauty, clarity, richness, distinct ability to hear any and all efx, across the entire range of the audio spectrum, from sub to high frequencies.
My wish is that everyone could hear or experience this level of audio, for then, people would realize what “really good” is about. If you tack on another zero or two to the cost of this room, you might get close to audio perfection – but the reality is that I don’t know how many people ears can hear that much, and when you mix everything down and compress it – you loose so much.
But to hear it all, as was intended…it sucks your breath out of you.
Then I noticed that the punk rockers had a Little Feat album on their list, so as I punched through some jazz, vocals, rock, and blues – I stopped and listened to an album probably recorded in the 70’s, yet, in this room, it was as if Bill Payne and all the rest were playing live, right in front of me.
Now I am back in reality, my ears were teased, much like when we had the full spatial acoustic arrays we were testing. You just can’t describe what it sounds like. Perhaps that is why I love live entertainment so much. You try for perfection, yet, the odds of you ever reaching it – probably impossible. Yet, you keep going back again and again, to create that moment where you get to experience some moments of perfection.
I describe it like playing golf. In some respects it is like a live show. If you want to be good, you have to practice all the time. Then when you play live, you don’t get a do over, or take mulligans – it is live. All you need to keep you going back and playing more, even if you suck, is one good shot.
The only problem with such a great acoustic room and environment is that if the music and/or musicians isn’t well played or produced – all the great room does is amplify how much the music or band, sounds really bad.
That is my ramble. It is odd, in that many people need noise on all the time. I just need to hear sound at such a great level once in a while to remind me that I don’t need the normal noise of the world that so many people seem to want to live in, never asking, “is there something that sounds better?”