The Audio Dictionary: Third Edition, Revised and Expanded / Edition 3

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The Audio Dictionary is a comprehensive resource, including historical, obsolete, and obscure as well as contemporary terms relating to diverse aspects of audio such as film and TV sound, recording, Hi-Fi, and acoustics.

The Third Edition includes four hundred new entries, such as AAC (advanced audio coding), lip synch, metadata, MP3, and satellite radio. Every term from previous editions has been reconsidered and often rewritten. Guest entries are by Dennis Bohn, cofounder and head of research and development at Rane Corporation, and film sound expert Larry Blake, whose credits include Erin Brockovich and Ocean's Eleven. The appendixes—tutorials that gather a lifetime's worth of experience in acoustics—include both new and greatly expanded articles.

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Editorial Reviews

Music Educators Journal
It is rare to find a reference book that you do not want to stop reading, but The Audio Dictionary fits that description.... Each definition, from absolute pitch to zero reference, is actually a mini—article with concise yet thorough explanations that are easy for nonspecialists to understand.
Pro Audio Review
A handy little book that serious audio engineers should have around.
Revised and expanded edition (first in 1987) of a highly regarded guide to the terminology and basic concepts in the fields of sound recording, sound reinforcement, and musical acoustics. Could supplement textbooks for courses in these areas or serve as a reference for those more generally interested in reproduced music and/or musical acoustics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295984988
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Revised And Expanded
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 516
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn D. White has been a freelance recording engineer for more than thirty years, specializing in instrumentation for acoustic and vibration measurements. His clients include the University of Washington, Vassar College, Rutgers University, and the Boeing Company. Gary J. Louie has been the music recording specialist at the University of Washington School of Music for over twenty-five years. His recordings have been released on labels including Harmonia Mundi, Musical Heritage Society, and Warner Brothers. He is secretary of the Pacific Northwest Section of the Audio Engineering Society.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third EditionIntroduction

The Audio Dictionary

Appendix 1. The Art and Science of Good AcousticsAppendix 2. Some Frequently Used Symbols and UnitsAppendix 3. How to Subdue a Hi-Fi SalespersonAppendix 4. Good Acoustics in Small Rooms and AuditoriaAppendix 5. Some Notes on Audio MeasurementsAppendix 6. The Balanced LineAppendix 7. Some Notes of Digital AudioAppendix 8. Musical Scales and the Tuning of Musical InstrumentsAppendix 9. Some Notes on the History of High FidelityAppendix 10. Some Notes on Decimal and Binary Arithmetic as Used in Computer TerminologyAppendix 11. Some Notes on Impedance and Frequency ResponseBibliography

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