5th Edition

Handbook for Sound Engineers

Edited By

Glen Ballou

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ISBN 9780415842938
Published April 1, 2015 by Routledge
1784 Pages

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Book Description

Handbook for Sound Engineers is the most comprehensive reference available for audio engineers, and is a must read for all who work in audio.

With contributions from many of the top professionals in the field, including Glen Ballou on interpretation systems, intercoms, assistive listening, and fundamentals and units of measurement, David Miles Huber on MIDI, Bill Whitlock on audio transformers and preamplifiers, Steve Dove on consoles, DAWs, and computers, Pat Brown on fundamentals, gain structures, and test and measurement, Ray Rayburn on virtual systems, digital interfacing, and preamplifiers, Ken Pohlmann on compact discs, and Dr. Wolfgang Ahnert on computer-aided sound system design and room-acoustical fundamentals for auditoriums and concert halls, the Handbook for Sound Engineers is a must for serious audio and acoustic engineers.

The fifth edition has been updated to reflect changes in the industry, including added emphasis on increasingly prevalent technologies such as software-based recording systems, digital recording using MP3, WAV files, and mobile devices. New chapters, such as Ken Pohlmann’s Subjective Methods for Evaluating Sound Quality, S. Benjamin Kanters’s Hearing Physiology—Disorders—Conservation, Steve Barbar’s Surround Sound for Cinema, Doug Jones’s Worship Styles in the Christian Church, sit aside completely revamped staples like Ron Baker and Jack Wrightson’s Stadiums and Outdoor Venues, Pat Brown’s Sound System Design, Bob Cordell’s Amplifier Design, Hardy Martin’s Voice Evacuation/Mass Notification Systems, and Tom Danley and Doug Jones’s Loudspeakers. This edition has been honed to bring you the most up-to-date information in the many aspects of audio engineering.

Table of Contents


Trademark Acknowledgments


Part 1–Introduction to Acoustics

Chapter 1–Audio and Acoustic DNA—Past and Present

Don and Carolyn Davis

Chapter 2–Subjective Methods for Evaluating Sound Quality

Ken Pohlmann

Chapter 3–Psychoacoustics

Peter Xinya Zhang

Chapter 4–Hearing Physiology–Disorders–Conservation

S. Benjamin Kanters

Chapter 5–Fundamentals of Audio and Acoustics

Pat Brown

Part 2–Acoustics

Chapter 6–Small Room Acoustics

Doug Jones

Chapter 7–Acoustical Noise Control

Doug Jones

Chapter 8–Acoustical Treatment for Indoor Areas

Jeff Szymanski

Chapter 9–Room-acoustical Fundamentals for Auditoriums and Concert Halls

Dr. Wolfgang Ahnert and Hans-Peter Tennhardt

Chapter 10–Worship Styles in the Christian Church

Doug Jones

Chapter 11–Stadiums and Outdoor Venues

Ron Baker and Jack Wrightson

Chapter 12–Surround Sound for Cinema

Steve Barbar

Chapter 13–Acoustical Modeling and Auralization

Dominique J. Chéenne

Part 3–Electronic Components

Chapter 14–Resistors, Capacitors, and Inductors

Glen Ballou

Chapter 15–Audio Transformers

Bill Whitlock

Chapter 16–Tubes, Discrete Solid State Devices, and Integrated Circuits

Glen Ballou, Leslie B. Tyler, and Wayne Kirkwood

Chapter 17–Heatsinks and Relays

Glen Ballou and Henry Villaume

Chapter 18–Transmission Techniques: Wire and Cable

Steve Lampen and Glen Ballou

Chapter 19–Transmission Techniques: Fiber Optics

Ron Ajemian

Part 4–Electroacoustic Devices

Chapter 20–Microphones

Glen Ballou and Joe Ciaudelli

Chapter 21–Loudspeakers

Tom Danley and Doug Jones

Chapter 22–Loudspeaker Cluster Design

Ralph Heinz

Part 5–Electronic Audio Circuits and Equipment

Chapter 23–Power Supplies

Glen Ballou

Chapter 24–Amplifier Design

Bob Cordell

Chapter 25–Preamplifiers and Mixers

Ray Rayburn and Bill Whitlock

Chapter 26–Attenuators

Glen Ballou

Chapter 27–Filters and Equalizers

Steve McManus

Chapter 28–Delay

Steve McManus

Chapter 29–Consoles, DAWs, and Computers

Steve Dove

Chapter 30–Audio Meters and Devices

Glen Ballou

Part 6–Recording and Playback

Chapter 31–Analog Disc Playback

George Alexandrovich and Glen Ballou

Chapter 32–Magnetic Recording and Playback

Doug Jones

Chapter 33–MIDI

David Mules Huber

Chapter 34–Optical Disc Formats for Audio Reproduction and Recording

Ken Pohlmann

Part 7–Design Applications

Chapter 35–DSP Technology

Dr. Craig Richardson

Chapter 36–Grounding and Interfacing

Bill Whitlock

Chapter 37–System Gain Structure

Pat Brown

Chapter 38–Sound System Design

Pat Brown

Chapter 39–Computer Aided Sound System Design

Dr. Wolfgang Ahnert and Stefan Feistel

Chapter 40–Designing for Speech Intelligibility

Peter Mapp

Chapter 41–Virtual Systems

Ray Rayburn

Chapter 42–Digital Audio Interfacing and Networking

Ray Rayburn

Chapter 43–Personal Monitor Systems

Gino Sigismondi

Chapter 44–Message Repeaters, Museum and Tour Group Systems, Voice Evacuation/Mass Notification Systems

Glen Ballou and Hardy Martin

Chapter 45–Interpretation Systems

Glen Ballou

Chapter 46–Assistive Listening Systems

Glen Ballou

Chapter 47–Intercoms

Glen Ballou

Chapter 48–The Fundamentals of Display Technologies

Alan C. Brawn

Part 8–Measurements

Chapter 49–Test and Measurement

Pat Brown

Chapter 50–Fundamental and Units of Measurement

Glen Ballou


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Glen Ballou is a graduate of General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Electrical Engineering. He has been a Syn-Aud-Con representative, has served as governor, convention chairman, papers chairman, and facilities chairman of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and has been a member for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He has been a contributor to S&VC, Sound and Communications, and Church Production magazine on a variety of subjects. Glen also wrote the chapter on capacitors and inductors for the CRC Press publication The Electrical Engineering Handbook. Glen is owner of Innovative Communications, a company that specializes in room acoustics and sound system design.