Sound for Film and Television, Third Edition provides a thorough introduction to the fascinating field of recording, editing, mixing, and exhibiting film and television sound. It strikes a fine balance between aesthetic and technical content, combining theory and practice to approach sound as both an art and a science. This new edition has been completely updated to reflect the latest advances in HD technology, new hardware and software systems, new distribution methods, wireless sound capture, and more. Also, analog-related content has been reduced and transferred to the chapters covering historical techniques. Sections on troubleshooting and FAQs have been added to help you avoid common pitfalls in sound production.

Written by one of Hollywood's leading sound experts, Sound for Film and Television provides a solid grounding in all aspects of the sound process. Basic principles are presented with illustrations demonstrating how they affect the day-to-day activities on a film or television set, in the editing room, and in the mix room.

The accompanying audio DVD contains more than 50 tracks that demonstrate practical, real-world examples of key concepts presented in the book.

A companion Web site provides further resources and information:

Please use the access code located in the beginning of the book to register for access to the Web site.

Key Features

*The only text to present sound design as both an art and a science

*Accompanying audio DVD contains examples demonstrating key concepts

*Bridges the gap between production books and design engineering books


Professionals and students crafting sound and audio for film, video, and television

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Chapter 1 Objective Sound
Chapter 2 Psychoacoustics
Chapter 3 Audio Fundamentals
Chapter 4 Capturing Sound
Chapter 5 Microphone Technicalities
Chapter 6 Handling the Output of Microphones
Chapter 7 Production Sound Mixing
Chapter 8 Sync, Sank, Sunk
Chapter 9 Transfers
Chapter 10 Sound Design
Chapter 11 Editing
Chapter 12 Mixing
Chapter 13 From Print Masters to Exploitation
Appendix I Working with Decibels
Appendix II Filmography
Appendix III The Eleven Commandments of Film Sound
Appendix IV Bibliography
About the Author
The Companion Website
Instructions for the Accompanying DVD


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"The best overall technical introduction to film sound...As one would expect from the developer of the THX Sound System, among many other achievements, this book has a comprehensive approach and features one of the best introductions to psychoacoustics that you'll read anywhere."--Larry Blake, Mix Magazine

"The book provides a fascinating and incredibly informative introduction to the world of film and television sound and is well recommended."--James Eade, Lighting and Sound International

"Holman covers a lot of ground in just over 250 pages. His knowledge of the subject and many of the major industry players is evident. Sound for Film and Television is a concise, informative, entertaining, and intimate review that can serve as an introduction to the subject for the student and a snapshot of current techniques and processes for the practitioner."--The Journal of the Audio Engineering Society