Long considered one of the key books on the well-informed audio engineer’s shelf, Sound System Engineering provides an accurate, complete, and concise tool for all those involved in designing, implementing, and testing sound reinforcement systems. This new fourth edition includes eight new chapters leading the reader through both cutting-edge topics―e.g., IBM’s proposed thought-controlled sound system―and solid basics, such as loudspeaker specifications, wave equations, and digital audio.
Topics covered include:
- Psychoacoustics and how the brain processes sound
- Digital theory
- Mathematics for audio systems
- Using the decibel
- Interfacing electrical and acoustical systems
- Audio and acoustic measurements
- Large room and small room acoustics
- Designing for acoustic gain
- Designing for speech intelligibility
- Wave equations
- Loudspeakers, loudspeaker arrays, and loudspeaker directivity
- Power ratings for amplifiers and loudspeakers
- Computer-aided system design
- Signal delay, signal synchronization, and signal processing
- Sound system equalization
Packed with numerous illustrations and useful appendices, this is a concentrated capsule of industry standards and knowledge that spans the complete range of sound systems, from the simplest all-analog paging systems to the largest multi-purpose digital systems.
In this guide to sound reinforcement alignment and design, Bob McCarthy shares his expert knowledge and effective methodology from years of teaching audio professionals. Written in a clear and easy-to-read style and illustrated with color diagrams and screenshots throughout, McCarthy's unique guide gives you all the newest techniques to ensure perfect sound reinforcement and fulfill design needs.
Outlining how sound is spread over a listening area, looking at the physics of speaker interaction, methods of alignment including mic placement, equalization, speaker placement and acoustic treatment, and now including case studies offering real world examples to fully explore different principals discussed, this book provides the definitive guide to sound reinforcement design and optimization.
Practical Instruction on the Art and Science of Acoustic Design and Architecture
Build your own acoustic environments such as recording studios, control rooms, and home listening rooms with expert insights from two engineering professionals. Fully expanded to cover the latest methods and software tools, Master Handbook of Acoustics, Fifth Edition presents clear explanations of acoustic phenomena and provides a hands-on approach to room design. Learn how to perform acoustic measurements, choose room dimensions, assign speaker placement, analyze response curves, and design and install sound absorbers and diffusers. You will also find details on how to fine-tune room reverberation, minimize external noise, and apply psychoacoustic concepts.
Master Handbook of Acoustics, Fifth Edition explains how to:
- Determine how sound propagates in open and enclosed spaces
- Measure sound-pressure levels and work with decibels
- Analyze the characteristics of room modal resonances
- Treat rooms for optimal early reflections, reverberation, and diffusion
- Minimize acoustic distortion, comb-filter effects, and HVAC interference
- Construct high-quality stereo and surround-sound listening rooms
- Design personal and professional recording studios and control rooms
- Understand the acoustics of auditoriums and concert halls
- Optimize room designs using measurement, modeling, and auralization software
Written by an award-winning, highly respected professional, Mastering Audio gives you a thorough introduction to the unique procedures and technical issues involved in mastering.
Suitable for all levels of students and professionals, it is ideal for anyone who wants to increase their mastery of digital and analog audio: musicians, producers, A&R, mastering, recording, and mixing engineers.
Fully updated to cover the latest technologies, Mastering Audio discusses audio philosophy and art: sequencing, levelling, processing; how to make a record album radio-ready; and mixing as it relates to mastering. Divided into five parts, the book begins with the basics--monitoring, mastering techniques, useful tutorials, and the fundamentals of dithering and decibels--then moves on to more advanced concepts, such as jitter and clocking, monitor calibration, and multi channel audio, miking, and acoustics. Leading-edge audio concepts are explained in an easy-to-grasp style.
Including practical tips and real-world experiences, Bob Katz explains the technical detail of the subject in his informative and humorous style.
John Eargle provides detailed analysis of the different types of microphones available. He then addresses their application through practical examples of actual recording sessions and studio operations. Surround sound is covered from both a creative and a technical viewpoint.
This classic reference takes the reader into the studio or concert hall to see how performers are positioned and how the best microphone array is determined. Problem areas such as reflections, studio leakage and isolation are analyzed from practical viewpoints. Creative solutions to such matters as stereo sound staging, perspective, and balance are also covered in detail. Recording and sound reinforcement engineers at all levels of expertise will find The Microphone Book an invaluable resource for learning the 'why' as well as the 'how' of choosing a microphone for any situation.
New material covered in the 5th edition to include:
* complete revision and update of digital media sections
* new section on mixing tips
* new section on podcasts and file sharing
* new section equipment and connector levels
* new section function and connector types
* new section on digital metering
* new section exporting projects from other studios
* new photos
The definitive guide to digital engineering--fully updated
Gain a thorough understanding of digital audio tools, techniques, and practices from this completely revised and expanded resource. Written by industry pioneer and Audio Engineering Society Fellow Ken C. Pohlmann, Principles of Digital Audio, Sixth Edition, describes the technologies behind today's audio equipment in a clear, practical style. Covering basic theory to the latest technological advancements, the book explains how to apply digital conversion, processing, compression, storage, streaming, and transmission concepts. New chapters on Blu-ray, speech coding, and low bit-rate coding are also included in this bestselling guide.
- Learn about discrete time sampling, quantization, and signal processing
- Examine details of CD, DVD, and Blu-ray players and discs
- Encode and decode AAC, MP3, MP4, Dolby Digital, and other files
- Prepare content for distribution via the Internet and digital radio and television
- Learn the critical differences between music coding and speech coding
- Design low bit-rate codecs to optimize memory capacity while preserving fidelity
- Develop methodologies to evaluate the sound quality of music and speech files
- Study audio transmission via HDMI, VoIP, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth
- Handle digital rights management, fingerprinting, and watermarking
- Understand how one-bit conversion and high-order noise shaping work
Whether you are designing a new system or need to update and get the most out of the one in place Sound of Worship will offer essential information to guide and inform you choices. Written to give the context to help you focus your choices as well as the technical information to understand options, this essential guide will help you avoid costly mistakes when working with acoustics and the sound systems of the church.
When planning a system this book has you covered! Considering everything from building design and understanding the purpose and use of the sound system to the technical aspects of the acoustic equipment and sound specification and types.
The website has numerous audio examples to illustrate points made and tools used in the book. It demonstrate the terms used and what different choices will sound like, with before and after recordings of acoustic treatment and how it effects the overall sound of the church.
A widely recognized, comprehensive reference to acoustic principles for all concerned with the built environment, Architectural Acoustics, Second Edition provides design professionals with up-to-date information on basic concepts, acoustical materials, and technologies for controlling wanted or unwanted sound within and around buildings.
Written by a team of internationally recognized experts and experienced consultants, this Second Edition covers fundamental acoustic principles, design criteria, acoustical materials, control strategies, and methods for a wide variety of building types, including educational, healthcare, recreational, residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation facilities. Particular attention is given to places for listening and performance such as theaters, churches, concert and recital halls, outdoor arenas, classrooms, multiuse auditoria, libraries, music practice and rehearsal rooms, recording and broadcast studios, sports venues, home theaters, and other spaces that people meet to communicate and enjoy performance.
Updated throughout, this edition features:
- New information on acoustical standards and guidelines for sustainable building design.
- Additional, richly detailed case studies demonstrating real-world applications, including the acclaimed Walt Disney Concert Hall and many other building types.
- Nearly 200 photos and illustrations that further elucidate specific principles, applications, and techniques.
- New developments in sound reinforcement and audio visual systems and their integration in room design.
- Progress in research and future directions in acoustical modeling.
With fundamental conceptual understanding of basic acoustical principles provided by Architectural Acoustics, Second Edition, building designers can confidently create aesthetically and aurally pleasing spaces, while avoiding problems that could be very costly, if not impossible, to solve later.
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