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Sound System Engineering

Sound System Engineering

Sound System Engineering
By Don Davis, Eugene Patronis, Pat Brown

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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.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #563547 in Books
  • Published on: 2013-03-08
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.10" h x 1.40" w x 7.00" l, 2.85 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 648 pages

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From the Back Cover
Long considered the only book an audio engineer needs on their shelf, Sound System Engineering provides an accurate, complete and concise tool for all those involved in sound system engineering. Fully updated on the design, implementation and testing of sound reinforcement systems this great reference is a necessary addition to any audio engineering library. Packed with revised material, numerous illustrations and useful appendices, this is a concentrated capsule of knowledge and industry standard that runs the complete range of sound system design from the simplest all-analog paging systems to the largest multipurpose digital systems.

Written by two leading authorities in the field of audio engineering, this highly respected guide covers the basic principals necessary for the understanding of today's systems as well as for those systems yet to come.

About 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Great Reference In Hardbound Version
This is a great reference book with practical information along with formulas & technical information. I made the mistake of buying the Kindle edition first, but it just reinforced that Kindle editions of technical books that have charts, formulas, and cross references that you need to refer back and forth to are not a good idea. I then bought the hardbound edition and I love it. If you're serious about using this book to learn from and keep as a reference, then buy the hardbound version, not the Kindle version.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Outstanding. Still the best audio book ever.
By Amazon Customer
Excellent! Period!

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
4Four Stars
By VanArn
A very comprehensive book.

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