Audiovector R 8 Arreté loudspeaker $69,995 Review

August 23, 2021 § Leave a comment

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This was a subtle thing, and it’s not unnatural. Setting aside the fact that the vocal was probably recorded in an isolation room, and that studio effects could be added, the degree of resonance or room sound is determined by where the mikes are placed. Salvant is close-miked while the piano is miked—well, I’m not sure how or where, but well outside the piano case, so there’s more room sound on the piano.

Still, I wondered: What would happen if the piano and the voice were in the same acoustic? This album is a mix of live (recorded at NYC’s Village Vanguard) and studio tracks (Sear Sound Studios), so I didn’t have to go far for a live comparison. I put on Salvant and Fortner’s account of Bernstein and Sondheim’s “Somewhere,” from West Side Story, another track I turn to often in reviews.

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