Reply-To: "Kevin Aylward"
From: "Kevin Aylward"
Subject: Re: Bullshit wins v. science
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Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 20:56:07 -0000
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"Gibbo" wrote in message
> John Woodgate email@example.com wrote:
> >I read in sci.electronics.design that John Larkin
>THIStechPLEASEnology.etc> wrote (in
>4ax.com>) about 'Bullshit wins v. science', on Mon, 4 Nov 2002:
> >>Certain instruments do sound different if the audio phase is
> >>ie, compression/rarefaction are swapped from the original
> >>Almost nobody tries to control this.
> >Strictly, that is 'polarity', not phase. Only a small percentage of
> >people can hear it. The difference is said by those who can to be
> >subtle. It should occur with male voices, as well, since the
> >are somewhat unsymmetrical. But most audio processing and most
> >loudspeakers introduce phase shifts that tend to mask the polarity
> I don't know anyone who can detect phase difference. I'm not saying
> possible Just that I've never met anyone who can detect it.
> I personally (and I know many other musicians with the same ability)
> detect polarity inversion. Particularly on the attack of certain
This would be in tune with my other post to John on distortion, buts its
clear that you are not a real musician, as you must obviously play sober
as a judge to detect such differences.
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