Music Engineering

Music Engineering

2nd Edition - October 1, 2001

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  • Author: Richard Brice
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750650403
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080479576

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Music Engineering is a hands-on guide to the practical aspects of electric and electronic music. It is both a compelling read and an essential reference guide for anyone using, choosing, designing or studying the technology of modern music. The technology and underpinning science are introduced through the real life demands of playing and recording, and illustrated with references to well known classic recordings to show how a particular effect is obtained thanks to the ingenuity of the engineer as well as the musician. Written by a music enthusiast and electronic engineer, this book covers the electronics and physics of the subject as well as the more subjective aspects. The second edition includes an updated Digital section including MPEG3 and fact sheets at the end of each chapter to summarise the key electronics and science. In addition to instruments and recording technology, this book covers essential kit such as microphones, sequencers, amplifiers and loudspeakers.

Key Features

  • Discover the potential of electronics and computers to transform your performances and recordings
  • Develop an understanding of the engineering behind state of the art instruments, amplifiers and recording equipment


Electronic engineers (mostly working in audio field), electronics enthusiasts, students, musicians - involved with electronic / electrical music

Table of Contents

  • Jilted generation - science and sensibility
    Good vibrations - the nature of sound
    Stand by me - microphones and their applications
    Message in a bottle - valve technology
    Roll over Beethoven - electric instruments
    Wild thing - electronic effects
    Pet sounds - electronic synthesis
    Silver machine - sequencers & MIDI
    Got to get you into my life - sound recording
    Bits 'n' pieces - digital audio
    Space odyssey - stereo and spatial sound
    Let's stick together - recording consoles
    Unchained melody - amplifiers
    Shout - loudspeakers
    Synchronicity - video and synchronization

Product details

  • No. of pages: 512
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2001
  • Published: October 1, 2001
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750650403
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080479576

About the Author

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

Affiliations and Expertise

Commercial Director of Miranda Technologies, a global company specialising in television and channel-branding equipment in Saint-Laurent, Canada

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