Hear an Airsound system and you immediately know that it plays stereo better than left/right speakers. If it’s so obvious in practice, why prove it? Actually, how do you prove it? It turns out to be a tricky one to capture objectively. Here is my experiment which compares the systems’ abilities at producing stereo.
A 10-year retrospective
The year was 1993. I was 17 years old, and helping my father prepare for a recording we were to do on location of a choir. At the time I recall we had some of the first available low cost large condenser microphones available, and one of these had a pattern switch that allowed cardioid, figure 8 and omni directional recording. In my own work recording bands, I’d only ever used the cardioid setting, and didn’t give a thought to the ‘figure 8’ option.