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Please describe a "wooly" sound
Old 11th January 2011
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Please describe a "wooly" sound

I've been hearing this term a lot lately regarding vocal chains. What does this mean? Thanks.
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Google Woolly Bully.
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....lack of high frequency definition and over abundance of low mids.....although everyone who answers will say something at least slightly different
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Wooly

Like the source (or listener) is under a wool blanket so soft and lacking detail and definition especially high frequencies. The bass might also be boomy and indistinct.

The odd thing is that wooly is in itself a way of describing a condition so now we're describing the description of the condition, if you ask for more description this could spiral out of control.

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I've been hearing this term a lot lately regarding vocal chains. What does this mean? Thanks.
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....lack of high frequency definition and over abundance of low mids.heh
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Over many years of persistent handling by hairy sound engineers, deposits of lint and belly-button fluff begin to accumulate within microphone capsules and inside the circuits of pre-amps.

It results in the sound known as 'woolly'. It's particularly common in studios that record a lot of folk music, on account of the heavy knitted jumpers folk musicians tend to wear.
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"Wooly" is the bad version of "warm."
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It's a texture - the more aggressive aspect of 'silky'. I never associated 'wooly' with lack of clarity, but rather a more 'grainy' sound - not quite as smooth to the ears - a 'roughness'. This can either be a feature or a liability depending upon the circumstance.
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HF rolled off, much 'warm' and 'even' 100-250 as a focus. No harshness in any bit, especially the mids. certainly a 'smooth' sounding LF focused verb would help.

In other words, put your head in a big wool sweater and listen lol
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Originally Posted by timlloyd ➑️
....lack of high frequency definition and over abundance of low mids.....although everyone who answers will say something at least slightly different
In addition to lacking treble range definition, there's gotta be some intermodulation/harmonic distortion in there, to get a truly "wooly" sound, if you ask me.

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Over many years of persistent handling by hairy sound engineers, deposits of lint and belly-button fluff begin to accumulate within microphone capsules and inside the circuits of pre-amps.

It results in the sound known as 'woolly'. It's particularly common in studios that record a lot of folk music, on account of the heavy knitted jumpers folk musicians tend to wear.
That's the great thing about science... there's a rational explanation for everything.
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Pink Floyd ...Sheep...... sorry, someone had to.. heh
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It's warm and fuzzy. It's Otis' first couple of singles. It's sex in New Orleans, mid August, in a shotgun with no AC and kids sleeping in the next room. It's Guinness at 80Β°F. It's sweet and restricted and more then it is and not as much as it could be.
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wooly
low mid and low end distortion lacking accurate definition and detail.
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lack of high frequency definition and over abundance of low mids.
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Opaque.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by timlloyd ➑️
....lack of high frequency definition and over abundance of low mids.....although everyone who answers will say something at least slightly different
I like this definition.
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Originally Posted by swafford ➑️
It's warm and fuzzy. It's Otis' first couple of singles. It's sex in New Orleans, mid August, in a shotgun with no AC and kids sleeping in the next room. It's Guinness at 80Β°F. It's sweet and restricted and more then it is and not as much as it could be.
But, I LOVE this one.
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