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Enhancing the Learning of Stereo Microphone Techniques through the Use of a Simulated Learning Environment

A key set of skills for aspiring recording engineers to acquire is that of good stereo microphone techniques. Within the world of education it is relatively straightforward to present the underpinning theory, but helping students gain the tacit knowledge necessary to achieve quality results can be difficult when access to suitable groups of musicians, spaces, and equipment is limited. A suitable learning environment was simulated within a computer program and tasks set to support the learning of stereo microphone techniques. A trial carried out on first year undergraduate sound production students revealed that using the simulated learning environment enhanced both the students’ knowledge of and ability to apply stereo microphone techniques.

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