5th Edition

Handbook for Sound Engineers

Edited By Glen Ballou Copyright 2015
    1780 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    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



    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.