Book Description

Handbook for Sound Engineers is the most comprehensive reference available for audio engineers, and is a must read for all who work in audio.

With contributions from many of the top professionals in the field, including Glen Ballou on interpretation systems, intercoms, assistive listening, and fundamentals and units of measurement, David Miles Huber on MIDI, Bill Whitlock on audio transformers and preamplifiers, Steve Dove on consoles, DAWs, and computers, Pat Brown on fundamentals, gain structures, and test and measurement, Ray Rayburn on virtual systems, digital interfacing, and preamplifiers, Ken Pohlmann on compact discs, and Dr. Wolfgang Ahnert on computer-aided sound system design and room-acoustical fundamentals for auditoriums and concert halls, the Handbook for Sound Engineers is a must for serious audio and acoustic engineers.

The fifth edition has been updated to reflect changes in the industry, including added emphasis on increasingly prevalent technologies such as software-based recording systems, digital recording using MP3, WAV files, and mobile devices. New chapters, such as Ken Pohlmann’s Subjective Methods for Evaluating Sound Quality, S. Benjamin Kanters’s Hearing Physiology—Disorders—Conservation, Steve Barbar’s Surround Sound for Cinema, Doug Jones’s Worship Styles in the Christian Church, sit aside completely revamped staples like Ron Baker and Jack Wrightson’s Stadiums and Outdoor Venues, Pat Brown’s Sound System Design, Bob Cordell’s Amplifier Design, Hardy Martin’s Voice Evacuation/Mass Notification Systems, and Tom Danley and Doug Jones’s Loudspeakers. This edition has been honed to bring you the most up-to-date information in the many aspects of audio engineering.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Trademark Acknowledgments
  8. Contributors
  9. Part 1—Introduction to Sound and Acoustics
    1. Chapter 1 Audio and Acoustic DNA—Past and Present
    2. Chapter 2 Subjective Methods for Evaluating Sound Quality
    3. Chapter 3 Psychoacoustics
    4. Chapter 4 Hearing Physiology—Disorders—Conservation
    5. Chapter 5 Fundamentals of Audio and Acoustics
  10. Part 2—Acoustics
    1. Chapter 6 Small Room Acoustics
    2. Chapter 7 Acoustical Noise Control
    3. Chapter 8 Acoustical Treatment for Indoor Areas
    4. Chapter 9 Room-acoustical Fundamentals for Auditoriums and Concert Halls
    5. Chapter 10 Worship Styles in the Christian Church
    6. Chapter 11 Stadiums and Outdoor Venues
    7. Chapter 12 Surround Sound for Cinema
    8. Chapter 13 Acoustical Modeling and Auralization
  11. Part 3—Electronic Components
    1. Chapter 14 Resistors, Capacitors, and Inductors
    2. Chapter 15 Audio Transformers
    3. Chapter 16 Tubes, Discrete Solid State Devices, and Integrated Circuits
    4. Chapter 17 Heatsinks and Relays
    5. Chapter 18 Transmission Techniques: Wire and Cable
    6. Chapter 19 Transmission Techniques: Fiber Optics
  12. Part 4—Electroacoustic Devices
    1. Chapter 20 Microphones
    2. Chapter 21 Loudspeakers
    3. Chapter 22 Loudspeaker Cluster Design
  13. Part 5—Electronic Audio Circuits and Equipment
    1. Chapter 23 Circuit Protection and Power Supplies
    2. Chapter 24 Amplifier Design
    3. Chapter 25 Preamplifiers and Mixers
    4. Chapter 26 Attenuators
    5. Chapter 27 Filters and Equalizers
    6. Chapter 28 Delay
    7. Chapter 29 Consoles, DAWs, and Computers
    8. Chapter 30 Audio Output Meters and Devices
  14. Part 6—Recording and Playback
    1. Chapter 31 Analog Disc Playback
    2. Chapter 32 Magnetic Recording and Playback
    3. Chapter 33 MIDI
    4. Chapter 34 Optical Disc Formats for Audio Reproduction and Recording
  15. Part 7—Design Applications
    1. Chapter 35 DSP Technology
    2. Chapter 36 Grounding and Interfacing
    3. Chapter 37 System Gain Structure
    4. Chapter 38 Sound System Design
    5. Chapter 39 Computer Aided Sound System Design
    6. Chapter 40 Designing for Speech Intelligibility
    7. Chapter 41 Virtual Systems
    8. Chapter 42 Digital Audio Interfacing and Networking
    9. Chapter 43 Personal Monitor Systems
    10. Chapter 44 Message Repeaters, Museum and Tour Group Systems, Voice Evacuation/Mass Notification Systems
    11. Chapter 45 Interpretation Systems
    12. Chapter 46 Assistive Listening Systems
    13. Chapter 47 Intercoms
    14. Chapter 48 The Fundamentals of Display Technologies
  16. Part 8—Measurements
    1. Chapter 49 Test and Measurement
    2. Chapter 50 Fundamental and Units of Measurement
  17. Index