Book Description

The acoustics of a space can have a real impact on the sounds you create and capture. Acoustics and Psychoacoustics, Fifth Edition provides supportive tools and exercises to help you understand how music sounds and behaves in different spaces, whether during a performance or a recording, when planning a control room or listening space, and how it is perceived by performers, listeners, and recording engineers.

With their clear and simple style, Howard and Angus cover both theory and practice by addressing the science of sound engineering and music production, the acoustics of musical instruments, the ways in which we hear musical sounds, the underlying principles of sound processing, and the application of these concepts to music spaces to create professional sound. This new edition is fully revised to reflect new psychoacoustic information related to timbre and temporal perception, including an updated discussion of vocal fold vibration principles, samples of recent acoustic treatments, and a description of variable acoustics in spaces, as well as coverage of the environment’s effect on production listening, sonification, and other topics.

Devoted to the teaching of musical understanding, an accompanying website (www.routledge.com/cw/howard) features various audio clips, tutorial sheets, questions and answers, and trainings that will take your perception of sound to the next level.

This book will help you:

  • Gain a basic grounding in acoustics and psychoacoustics with respect to music audio technology systems
  • Incorporate knowledge of psychoacoustics in future music technology system designs as appropriate
  • Understand how we hear pitch, loudness, and timbre
  • Learn to influence the acoustics of an enclosed space through designed physical modifications

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Preface to the 5th Edition of Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
  6. Chapter 1 Introduction to Sound
  7. Chapter 2 Introduction to Hearing
  8. Chapter 3 Notes and Harmony
  9. Chapter 4 Acoustic Model for Musical Instruments
  10. Chapter 5 Hearing Timbre and Deceiving the Ear
  11. Chapter 6 Hearing Music in Different Environments
  12. Chapter 7 Applications: Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Combined
  13. Appendix 1 The Fourier Transform
  14. Appendix 2 Solving the ERB Equation
  15. Appendix 3 Converting between Frequency Ratios and Cents
  16. Appendix 4 Deriving the Reverberation Time Equation
  17. Appendix 5 Deriving the Reverberation Time Equation for Different Frequencies and Surfaces
  18. Appendix 6 The Effect of Surface Size and Illumination on the Polar Pattern
  19. Index