Selective mixing of sounds is an experimental method of mixing, first proposed in . Further developments and listening experiments confirmed that inexperienced listeners more often than not prefer this type of processing over direct mixing, while it is the other way round with mixing engineers. It has been found lately, that besides the extent of the effect, there is another independent variable associated with this method—quality of the reproduction system. Experiments have shown, that the percentage of listeners choosing selective mixing versions is higher when the music is reproduced over small loudspeakers of portable devices, like notebook computers.
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