Volume 1. Audio Engineering: Know It All

1st Edition


  • Douglas Self
  • Ben Duncan
  • Ian Sinclair
  • Richard Brice
  • John Linsley Hood
  • Andrew Singmin
  • Don Davis
  • Eugene Patronis
  • John Watkinson
  • Audio Engineering: Know It All

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    The Newnes Know It All Series takes the best of what our authors have written to create hard-working desk references that will be an engineer's first port of call for key information, design techniques and rules of thumb. Guaranteed not to gather dust on a shelf! Audio engineers need to master a wide area of topics in order to excel. The Audio Engineering Know It All covers every angle, including digital signal processing, power supply design, microphone and loudspeaker technology as well as audio compression.

    Key Features

    A 360-degree view from our best-selling authors Includes such topics as fundamentals, compression, and test and measurement The ultimate hard-working desk reference; all the essential information, techniques and tricks of the trade in one volume


    Electronics Engineers; Audio Engineers and Technicians

    Table of Contents

    Table of Contents Part I Fundamentals of Sound Chapter 1 Audio Principles 1.1 The physics of sound 1.2 Wavelength 1.3 Periodic and aperiodic signals 1.4 Sound and the ear 1.5 The cochlea 1.6 Mental processes 1.7 Level and loudness 1.8 Frequency discrimination 1.9 Frequency response and linearity 1.10 The sine wave 1.11 Root mean square measurements 1.12 The deciBel 1.13 Audio level metering References Chapter 2. Measurement 2.1 Concepts Underlying the Decibel and Its Use in Sound Systems 2.2 Measuring Electrical Power 2.3 Expressing Power as an Audio Level 2.4 Conventional Practice 2.5 The Decibel in Acoustics—LP, LW, and LI 2.6 Acoustic Intensity Level (LI), Acoustic Power Level (LW), and Acoustic Pressure Level (LP) 2.7 Inverse Square Law 2.8 Directivity Factor 2.9 Ohm’s Law 2.10 A Decibel Is a Decibel Is a Decibel 2.11 Older References 2.12 The Equivalent Level (LEQ) in Noise Measurements 2.13 Combining Decibels 2.14 Combining Voltage 2.15 Using the Log Charts 2.16 Finding the Logarithm of a Number to Any Base 2.17 Semitone Intervals 2.18 System Gain Changes 2.19 The VU and the VI Instrument 2.20 Calculating the Number of Decades in a Frequency Span 2.21 Deflection of the Eardrum at Various Sound Levels 2.22 The Phon 2.23 The Tempered Scale 2.24 Measuring Distortion 2.25 The Acoustical Meaning of Harmonic Distortion 2.26 Playback Systems in Studios 2.27 Decibel


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    About the editors

    Douglas Self

    Ben Duncan

    Ben Duncan is well known to many users of audio power amplifiers around the world, both professional and domestic, through his hundreds of articles, reviews and research papers on music technology in the UK and US press, and through his part in creating several notable professional power amplifiers.Since 1977, he has been involved in the design of over 70 innovative, high-end audio products used by recording and broadcast studios, on stages, in clubs and by the most critical domestic listeners - as well as creating bespoke equipment for top musicians. Born in London, he has travelled widely but has lived mainly in Lincolnshire, home of his family for over 150 years. Outside a wide spectrum of music and festivals his interests include managing an organic garden, woodland and nature reserve; industrial archaeology, historic building restoration, psychic research, and 20th century political, social and engineering history. He is twice co-author of the book Rock Hardware in which he has chronicled the history of rock’n’roll PA.

    Ian Sinclair

    Ian Sinclair was born in 1932 in Tayport, Fife, and graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1956. In that year, he joined the English Electric Valve Co. in Chelmsford, Essex, to work on the design of specialised cathode-ray tubes, and later on small transmitting valves and TV transmitting tubes. In 1966, he became an assistant lecturer at Hornchurch Technical College, and in 1967 joined the staff of Braintree College of F.E. as a lecturer. His first book, “Understanding Electronic Components” was published in 1972, and he has been writing ever since, particularly for the novice in Electronics or Computing. The interest in computing arose after seeing a Tandy TRS80 in San Francisco in 1977, and of his 204 published books, about half have been on computing topics, starting with a guide to Microsoft Basic on the TRS80 in 1979. He left teaching in 1984 to concentrate entirely on writing, and has also gained experience in computer typesetting, particularly for mathematical texts. He has recently visited Seattle to see Microsoft at work, and to remind them that he has been using Microsoft products longer than most Microsoft employees can remember. Ian Sinclair is the author of the following Made Simple books: Lotus 1-2-3- (2.4 DOS version) MS-DOS (up to version 6.22) PagePlus for Windows 3.1 Hard drives He is also the author of many other books published under our Newnes imprint.Visit Ian's website at http://website.lineone.net/~ian_sinclair

    Richard Brice

    Commercial Director of Miranda Technologies, a global company specialising in television and channel-branding equipment. Worked previously as a senior designer in several of Britain’s top broadcast companies. Previously Richard worked for Pro Bel where he designed the Freeway product series. For this he was cited in Post Update magazine as “one of the twelve disciples of TV design”. Richard was also responsible for the stereo enhancement system `Francinstien’ and the ‘OM’ three-dimensional stereo system. Both these systems have been used on many records, tapes and CDs as well as on television and film scores.Richard is author of Multimedia and Virtual Reality, Music Engineering and Newnes Guide to Digital Television.Director, Electric Perception Ltd

    John Linsley Hood

    John Linsley Hood (1925-2004) was head of the electronics research laboratories at British cellophane, for nearly 25 years. He worked on many instrumentation projects including width gauges and moisture meters, and made several inventions which were patented under the Cellophane name. Prior to his work at British Cellophane he worked in the electronics laboratory of the Department of Atomic Energy at Sellafield, Cumbria. He studied at Reading University after serving in the military as a radar mechanic. Linsley Hood published more than 30 technical feature articles in Wireless World magazine and its later incarnation Electronics World. He also contributed to numerous magazines including Electronics Today.

    Don Davis

    Don Davis and his wife, Carolyn, founded Synergetic Audio Concepts in 1972, he later retired in 1995. Don is a Senior member of the IEEE, Fellow of the AES and has received the Heyser Award, Life Time Achievement Award from NSCA and from USITT, Recognition for participation in the Brussels World Fair 1958 from the U.S. Dept. of State, and for the U.S. Exhibition in Moscow in 1959.

    Eugene Patronis

    Eugene Patronis is Professor of Physics Emeritus at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He has also served as an industrial and governmental consultant in the fields of acoustics and electronics.

    John Watkinson

    John Watkinson is an independent international consultant in advanced applications of electronics to audiovisual and avionics systems. He is a Fellow of the AES, a member of the Society of Expert Witnesses, and the British Computer Society and is a chartered information systems practitioner. He presents lectures, seminars and training courses worldwide. He is the author of many other Elsevier books, including The Art of DigitalVideo, An Introduction to Digital Video, Convergence in Broadcast and Communications Media, Television Fundamentals and The Art of the Helicopter.