Audio Engineer's Reference Book / Edition 2

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Compiled by an international team of experts, the second edition was updated to keep on top of fast-moving areas such as digital audio and transmission technology. Much of the material has been revised, updated and expanded to cover the very latest techniques. This is a new paperback version.

Audience: Audio engineers, audio design staff and technical sales staff in sound equipment, manufacturers, recording studios and broadcasters. Technical libraries covering all the above subject areas. Lecturers on courses covering all the above subject areas.

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Editorial Reviews

Sound & Communications International
An excellent easy to read compendium of both theory and practice.
S & I International
An excellent easy to read compendium of both theory and practice.
Sound & Communications International
The 43 contributions are arranged into seven chapters: basic principles, acoustics and acoustic devices, recording and reproduction, digital equipment, studio and their facilities, distribution of audio signals, and miscellaneous topics. The second edition reflects new developments in digital audio and transmission technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"An excellent easy to read compendium of both theory and practice."
Sound & Communications International

".....someone aiming at or already building a career on the technical side of audio, whether in design, manufacture, technical support and maintenance or even software design, would find a huge amount of really useful information here."
Tony Thompson, Mighty White Productions (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240515281
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/29/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 9.97 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to first edition
Preface to second edition
List of contributors
1 Basic Principles
1.1 Mathematics, formulae and equations
1.2 Units used in audio engineering
1.3 The physics of sound waves
1.4 The hearing process
1.5 Perceptual audio coding
1.6 Noise measurement
1.7 Electromechanical analogies
1.8 Introduction to digital audio
2 Acoustics and acoustic devices
2.1 Room acoustics
2.2 Sound isolation and noise control
2.3 Microphones
2.4 Loudspeakers and headphones
2.5 Stereo
2.6 Microphones for stereo
2.7 Analogue sound mixing equipment
2.8 Power amplifiers, control units and preamplifiers
2.9 Limiters and compressors
3 Recording and reproduction
3.1 Analogue tape recording
3.2 Noise reduction systems
3.3 Compact disc
3.4 Digital audio tape
3.5 Audio editing
3.6 Audio measurements and test equipment
4 Digital equipment
4.1 Artificial reverberation devices
4.2 Digital mixing and filtering
4.3 MIDI
5 Studios and their facilities
5.1 Radio studio facilities
5.2 Facilities required in recording studios
5.3 Facilities required in television sound control rooms
5.4 Studio installations for local radio
5.5 Outside broadcast and mobile equipment and operations
5.6 The tapeless studio
5.7 Studio air-conditioning systems
6 Distribution of audio signals
6.1 Telephony
6.2 Telephony transmission systems
6.3 Radio propagation
6.4 Transmission developments: NICAM and RDS
6.5 Digital audio interfacing, synchronization and networks
7 Miscellaneous topics
7.1 Ultrasonics
7.2 International standards for sound systems and equipment
7.3 Digital time signals
7.4 Health and safety
7.5 Portable appliance testing
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