4th Edition

Recording Studio Design

By Philip Newell Copyright 2017
    880 Pages
    by Routledge

    880 Pages
    by Routledge

    Recording Studio Design, Fourth Edition explains the key principles of successful studio design and construction using straightforward language and the use of practical examples appreciated by readers of previous editions. Updated to reflect new industry standards, this fourth edition addresses improvements in cinema sound, with specific attention paid to B-chain electroacoustic response and calibration.

    Using over 50 years’ experience, author Philip Newell provides detail on the practical aspects of recording in various environments, not only exploring the complex issues relating to the acoustics but also providing real-world solutions. While the book contains detailed discussions about performing rooms, control rooms, and mobile studios, concepts of the infrastructures are also discussed, because no studio can perform optimally unless the technical and human requirements are adequately provided for. In this new edition, sound for cinema provides a platform for highlighting many, wider electroacoustic topics in a way that is relatively easy to visualise. The way in which sound and vision interact is an important aspect of many modern multimedia formats.

    The new edition includes:

    • A new Chapter 22 that will thoroughly reflect recently published SMPTE investigations which will drastically impact standards for cinema sound;
    • The inclusion of new academic research and its practical applications;
    • An entire new illustrated chapter on room construction principles; and
    • The consolidation of ideas which were only emerging when the earlier editions were published.

    About the Author




    Chapter 1: General Requirements and Common Errors

    Chapter 2: Sound, Decibels, and Hearing

    Chapter 3: Sound Isolation

    Chapter 4: Room Acoustics and Means of Control

    Chapter 5: Designing Neutral Rooms

    Chapter 6: Rooms with Characteristic Acoustics

    Chapter 7: Variable Acoustics

    Chapter 8: Room Combinations and Operational Considerations

    Chapter 9: The Studio Environment

    Chapter 10: Limitations to Design Predictions

    Chapter 11: Loudspeakers in Rooms

    Chapter 12: Flattening the Room Response

    Chapter 13: Control Rooms

    Chapter 14: The Behaviour of Multiple Loudspeakers in Rooms

    Chapter 15: Studio Monitoring: The Principal Objectives

    Chapter 16: The Non-Environment Control Room

    Chapter 17: The Live-End, Dead-End Approach

    Chapter 18: Response Disturbances Due to Mixing Consoles and Studio Furniture

    Chapter 19: Objective Measurement and Subjective Evaluations

    Chapter 20: Studio Monitoring Systems

    Chapter 21: Surround Sound and Multi-Channel Control Rooms

    Chapter 22: Dubbing Theatres and Cinema Sound

    Chapter 23: A Mobile Control Room

    Chapter 24: Foldback

    Chapter 25: Main Supplies and Earthing Systems

    Chapter 26: Analogue Audio Interfacing

    Chapter 27: A Pictorial Representation of a Studio Construction

    Chapter 28 Human Factors

    Appendix 1

    Appendix 2

    Glossary of Terms

    Conversion Tables



    Philip Newell is an international consultant on acoustic design and the former technical director of Virgin Records. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics and a Member of both the Audio Engineering Society and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He is also the author of a large number of publications, including eight books for Focal Press, and has been involved in the design of many hundreds of studios for music, cinema and television, as well as live performance venues.