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See: Using historical accounts of harpsichord touch to empirically investigate the production and perception of dynamics on the 1788 Taskin (2015) This article investigates the extent of production and perception of dynamic differences on a French historical harpsichord, extensively revised in 1788 by Pascal Taskin. A historical review reports on the ...


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I'm going out on some limbs here because I'm not an expert in early music keyboards. But here are some observations: From the very start, harpsichordists are expected to be able to participate in dynamic contrasts. Most often, a skilled continuo player knows how to alter their interpretation and technique as dynamics come and go, e.g. playing more or fewer ...


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The name HDR, High Dynamic Range in photography is a bit misleading. It refers to increasing the camera input range, but typically involves processing of subsequent reducing that range, similarly to audio compression. However the reasons and conditions, and techniques are a bit different. Typical human hearing dynamic range is 120 dB. Not the whole range is ...


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In both music and photography, the optimal dynamic range will depend upon the environment in which a medium is experienced. If one will be listening to music in a noisy room, or will be viewing a picture projected on a wall in a brightly lit room, an overly high dynamic range will cause parts of the content to be indistinguishable from the background. If ...


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There's compression in both mediums, it's just that in photography it's there by default, and it's usually done by the camera for you. When you go into Lightroom and bring down the hightlights or pull up the shadows, that's compression. You're doing it so that you're able to comfortably see both of them on a piece of printed paper, or a consumer grade ...


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A wide dynamic range is valued in music too. But in some modern styles of recorded music, ‘loudness’ is valued even more! The compression, limiting etc. that produces maximum loudness destroys dynamic range.


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Sound compression is used to respect the signal limits of microphones and/or speakers. Proper compression prevents sound distortion and also helps ensure across tracks that the dynamic ranges are consistent. The more range the mics or speakers have, the less compression is needed. HDR is actually quite similar. It takes several pictures at different light ...


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