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Eargle's The Microphone Book

From Mono to Stereo to Surround - A Guide to Microphone Design and Application, 3rd Edition

By Ray A. Rayburn


466 pages

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Eargle's Microphone Book is the only guide you will ever need for the latest in microphone technology, application and technique. This new edition features more on microphone arrays and wireless microphones, new material on digital models; the latest developments in surround; expanded advice on studio set up, recording and mic selection.

Ray A. Rayburn provides detailed analysis of the different types of microphones available and addresses their application through practical examples of actual recording sessions and studio operations.

The book takes you into the studio or concert hall to see how performers are positioned and how the best microphone array is determined. Problem areas such as reflections, studio leakage and isolation are analyzed from practical viewpoints. Creative solutions to stereo sound staging, perspective, and balance are covered in detail. Eargle's Microphone Book is an invaluable resource for learning the 'why' as well as the 'how' of choosing and placing a microphone for any situation.


"…this is a very interesting book which is well written and copiously illustrated with both graphs and pictures throughout. For anyone involved in using, specifying or manufacturing microphones this will prove an invaluable read." - Lighting and Sound International

"Besides being a "must-have? reference source for recording engineers, producers or anybody who desires to better understand and utilize mics, The Microphone Book is an engaging read from its first chapter on microphone history to the 21st chapter and Eargle's unique take on classic microphones and their influence on the art and science of recording…The Microphone Book is unique in its balance of broad and meticulously detailed practical information." - Music Connection magazine

Reviews for the previous edition:
"John has brought his successful experience in classical and other music recording to the book's many pages, and one can find the best microphone arrangements for nearly every conceivable situation and guides to proceed for the more unusual ones." - The American Organist

"John Eargle has prepared another useful book for audio system contractors, engineers, designers and enthusiasts.?
Sound & Communications magazine

"Highly recommended for everyone who wants to know more. Read it.?
Amazon.com customer review

"The Microphone Book will save you time and money, even if you only ever buy one microphone to use in a home studio. If you do live sound, record on location, or are kitting out a slightly more ambitious project studio, then this book will be invaluable. It takes you far further than the 'microphone' sections of general guides to studio recording.?
Amazon.co.uk customer review

Table of Contents

A Short History of the Microphone

Basic Sound Transmission and Operational Forces on Microphones

The Pressure Microphone

The Pressure Gradient Microphone

First-Order Directional Microphones

High-Directionality Microphones

Microphone Measurements, Standards, and Specifications

Electrical Considerations and Electronic Interface

Overview of Wireless Microphone Technology; Microphone Accessories

Basic Stereophonic Techniques

Stereo Microphones; Classical Stereo

Recording Techniques and Practice

Studio Recording Techniques

Surround Sound Microphone Technology

Surround Recording Case Studies

A Survey of Microphones in Broadcast and Communications

Fundamentals of Speech and Music Reinforcement

Overview of Microphone Arrays and Adaptive Systems

Care and Maintenance of Microphones

Classic Microphones: The Author's View

About the Author

Ray A. Rayburn, Senior Consultant with K2 Audio LLC. Member of the AES Standards Working Group on Microphones, and Chair of the Standards sub-committee on Interconnections. Recording engineer. Lifetime interest in microphone use, testing, and design.

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