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Interview: Amphion Loudspeakers

Composer Jakob Eisenbach Turns Mix Theory into Practice with Amphion

Zurich, Switzerland – For composer and sound designer Jakob Eisenbach, there is a natural principle to both compositions and mixes that relates directly to the way our brains process sound sources. “When I finished my masters at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, I wrote my thesis on the topic of human perception, in particular the way that the human brain adapts to fold things down into elements that one can perceive as form, like melody and rhythm,” he says. “In the end, we can handle about three to five completely distinct elements at a time. Each can be complex–our brains will filter information that’s similar into a single entity–but any more than three to five disparate elements we start to get confused.” Eisenbach explains that he believes this is why a sound design element that is milliseconds out of sync with the corresponding picture can become jarring, but also why a hundred-member orchestra playing together with intention can function as one fully cohesive unit, while two musicians playing two separate pieces of music simultaneously cannot. “These same principles apply to a mix,” he says. “For example, a vocal delay that is well crafted and mixed sits as a single unit with the vocal itself.” To achieve results that adhere to his theories in practice, Eisenbach turned to the clarity and incisiveness of Amphion speakers for his 5.1 monitoring setup.


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