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Overview

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
  • Microphones
  • 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Sound System Engineering, Third Edition, is a practical and useful addition to the audio engineering library. It succesfully addresses the audience intended by the authors, and is a worthy successor to the prior editions." - Robert C. Maher, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

"Congratulations to Don Davis and Eugene Patronis, Jr. for writing the most informative book on sound system engineering ever. The book contains all the elements of theory, design and practical installation. The book is an excellent reference for the sound system engineer." - Don Eger

"This book is a treasure trove of knowledge about the design and implementation of sound systems, and can be strongly recommended to those readers, who having the requisite practical and/or academic background, are seeking to enlarge their understanding of a particular aspect of the subject...Personally, I expect that Sound System Engineering will become an invaluable resource...The authors and editors are to be commended for the clarity of the presentation and the production of a text that is relatively free from error" - Henry S. Valk, Professor of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology

"Contains a wealth of information on the design, implementation and testing of sound reinforcement systems. Don Davis'section on audio and acoustic measurements is a must read for anyone serious about performing such tasks...Similarly, Eugene Patronis'section on loudspeakers and arrays is not to be missed...
Sound System Engineering, 3rd Edition takes all of the knowledge contained in the 2nd edition and augments it with up-to-date interface methods and advances in the field of audio acoustics since its last publication. This text is equally suited for both the novice and the veteral audio practitioner. It is written in such a manner that each time your read a portion of it, something new will come to light"
- Charlie Hughes, President of Excelsior Audio Design & Services

"Davis and Patronius have a writing and teaching style that has made the subject manageable for those at many levels of "studenting" (which we all are!) and somehow magically speak a language understood by us all. The darned book is even what I would call a "good read". Davis and Dr. Patronius have taken what may be the most complex field in non-quantum physics and made it not only understandable but useful to the day-to-day practitioner as well as the advanced theoretician and academian." - James L. Sorensen, Engineer & Technical Consultant
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672211560
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 1/28/1975
  • Pages: 295

Meet the Author

Don Davis and his wife, Carolyn, founded Synergetic Audio Concepts in 1972. Don and Carolyn are both Fellows of the Audio Engineering Society. Don is a senior member of the IEEE and a gold member of the Acoustical Society of America. Don and Carolyn received dual lifetime achievement awards from NSCA, the Adele De Berri Pioneers of Audio award from InfoComm International, and the USITT Harold Burris-Myer Distinguished Career in Sound Design Award. Both Don and Carolyn were recipients of Indiana’s highest citizen award from the Governor when they were made Sagamore of the Wabash for their contributions to education.

Eugene Patronis, Jr., taught in the School of Physics of the Georgia Institute of Technology for over fifty years. Throughout his tenure he participated in academic research and industrial consulting in the fields of experimental nuclear physics, acoustics, and electronics. He is the author of several patents in audio related topics.

Pat Brown is the president of Synergetic Audio Concepts, Inc., and of Electro-acoustic Testing Company, Inc., both of Greenville, Indiana. He teaches audio engineering seminars worldwide, and develops web-based audio training programs. His background as a musician, sound contractor, and electronics technician and consultant has forged his practical approach to solving audio and acoustic problems.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Why Sound System Engineering?

Chapter 2 Voices Out of the Past

Chapter 3 Sound and Our Brain

Chapter 4 Psychoacoustics

Chapter 5 Digital Theory

Chapter 6 Mathematics for Audio Systems

Chapter 7 Using the Decibel

Chapter 8 Interfacing Electrical and Acoustic Systems

Chapter 9 Loudspeaker Directivity and Coverage

Chapter 10 The Acoustic Enviroment

Chapter 11 Audio and Acoustic Measurements

Chapter 12 Large Room Acoustics

Chapter 13 Small Room Acoustics

Chapter 14 Designing for Acoustic Gain

Chapter 15 Designing for Speech Intelligibility

Chapter 16 What is Waving and Why

Chapter 17 Microphones

Chapter 18 Loudspeakers and Loudspeaker Arrays

Chapter 19 Power Ratings for Amplifiers and Loudspeakers

Chapter 20 Computer-Aided System Design

Chapter 21 Signal Delay and Signal Synchronization

Chapter 22 Signal Processing

Chapter 23 Digital Audio Formats and Transports

Chapter 24 Sound System Equalization

Chapter 25 Putting It All Together

Appendix

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