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Completely updated and expanded to include new chapters on computer-aided acoustical room design, digital and analog sound processing, and synthesizer/midi studio acoustics, The Master Handbook of Acoustics, 3rd Edition also covers frequency, octaves, comb-filter effects, the Schroeder Diffusor, digital recording systems, setting up your home listening room, harmonics, white and pink noise, digital reverb systems, multitrack recording, recording studio design, and setting up the control room of a sound studio.

Complete coverage of the science of acoustics and the art of acoustic techniques including room resonances, reflection analysis, comb filters, and the design of audio/video rooms for almost any purpose on acoustical concepts and terminology.

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Intended for hobbyists, electronics enthusiasts, and audiophiles, this volume explains the principles of acoustics using minimal mathematical derivations and clear explanations of a sometimes difficult technical subject. The author, considered an authority on acoustics, includes updated coverage of sound distortion, a program for acoustic measurements for the home computer, and ideas and techniques for improving home audio projects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071360975
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/22/2000
  • Series: Tab Electronics Series
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Alton Everest was a leading acoustics consultant. He was co-founder and director of the Science Film Production division of the Moody Institute of Science, and was also section chief of the Subsea Sound Research section of the University of California.

Ken C. Pohlmann is well known as an audio educator, consultant, and author. He is professor emeritus at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, consultant for many audio manufacturers and car makers, and author of numerous articles and books including Principles of Digital Audio.

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Table of Contents

1 Fundamentals of sound 1
2 Sound levels and the decibel 19
3 The ear and the perception of sound 33
4 Sound waves in the free field 67
5 Speech, music, and noise 73
6 Analog and digital signal processing 99
7 Reverberation 107
8 Control of interfering noise 137
9 Absorption of sound 151
10 Reflection of Sound 193
11 Diffraction of sound 203
12 Refraction of sound 215
13 Diffusion of sound 223
14 The Schroeder diffusor 241
15 Modal resonances in enclosed spaces 265
16 Reflections in enclosed spaces 295
17 Comb-filter effects 303
18 Quiet air for the studio 321
19 Acoustics of the listening room 335
20 Acoustics of the small recording studio 349
21 Acoustics of the control room 361
22 Acoustics for multitrack recording 383
23 Audio/video tech room and voice-over recording 391
24 Adjustable acoustics 401
25 Acoustical measurements 415
Appendix 433
Glossary 437
Index 447
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    Posted May 17, 2000


    This book is a must. I am a teacher at Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, and this book is one of the texts I use. I recommend it everywhere. It is easy to understand and comprehensive for all levels. I mean, it is useful for the beginners and also for graduate students. Maybe it needs a spanish translation. It is unfair that for most of my students the book is hard to read because of the language.

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