ON Audio: Speaking in Tongues

Softly, the music rises from the orchestra pit, accompanied by a chorus of shiny faces singing the theme song of the theatrical production. From the sides of the theatre comes the sound of faraway thunder, building underneath the singing until it enters the main speakers and crashes out over the audience, enveloping all of us. I sit transfixed by the show, wondering how the multitude of audio cues could be mixed all at once through so many different speakers. With a fair amount of gear envy,

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