Originally Posted by Chris J
WOW! The McGurk Effect is mind blowing, every Head Fi-er needs to see this.
Question #2: G, my understanding is that many recording engineers often use different mic cables for a different sound? Fact or fiction or just outright BS?
Anyway......back to this McGurk effect, I think I'll trying putting a Beyer logo on my AKG headphones......................and maybe a Stax logo on my Sennheisers............LOL
The signal travelling down a mic cable is anything from 10 - 1,000 times lower than line level (the level from your CD to your amp). Mic level signals have to be amplified greatly with a mic-preamp before we can record or process it. Therefore, any differences in mic cables would be many times more obvious than differences between say speaker cables. Can we hear those differences? .... Not a chance! I have worked in many top recording studios in the UK, over the course of 30 years, starting as a musician and then as a recording engineer and producer and then in audio post production. The only time I have ever seen a mic cable being changed (very rarely) is if there was a fault with the cable. I have had conversations about mic cables with engineers in the top studios but always in terms of longevity, as mic cables are constantly being plugged, unplugged, trodden on, coiled up, stored and generally abused. I always avoid conversations about expensive audiophile cables with experienced recording engineers, unless I'm making a joke, otherwise they would view me as a bit of a nutter, without much knowledge of how audio works. Not a good basis for a mutually respectful working relationship. So, I'm not sure how that rumour started but it's definitely BS that recording engineers change cables for a different sound. Changing mics for a different sound is very common but mic cables, never!
The interesting thing about the McGurk Effect is that even knowing it's an aural illusion doesn't help. With all my years of experience, using and training my ears to analyse sound as accurately as possible, you would think that I would be less susceptible to this aural illusion. Nope, not a bit of it, sounds just as different a word to me as it does to everyone else! When I listen to a musical note I've recorded, I can break that note down and pick out many of the individual harmonics but I still also perceive it as a musical note and as part of a chord within a moving harmony. If I wasn't still susceptible to this illusion of notes and harmony then I would be unable to mix and create music, the same is true for the sound I create for TV and Film.