Sampling room design is of current interest. This is due to the influx of sample processors into the studio. The goal is to catch samples that are musically realistic. The question arises as to how short the sampling time window can be. Independent of the sampling problem, a studio mic technique was developed over three years ago. It is characterized by a strong liveness quality being added to an otherwise quite dry sound. Over the last year, sampling rooms have been built using this acoustic design technique, providing very satisfactory results. This paper presents the design strategy and acoustic signatures of recording rooms that have this "quick" sound quality and presents a case for its suitability as a sampling room.
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