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The Audio Expert

Everything You Need to Know About Audio

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668 pages

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Paperback: 9780240821009
pub: 2012-04-09
Hardback: 9781138406650
pub: 2017-07-11
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pub: 2012-11-12
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Gain a deep understanding of audio practice and theory with this easy-to-read book, illustrated with more than 400 figures and photographs. Using common sense, plain-English explanations and minimal math, author Ethan Winer helps you understand audio at the deepest, most technical level—no engineering degree necessary.

If you’re an intermediate to advanced recording engineer or audiophile, you already know the basic mechanics of how audio "works." This book will take you beyond that, weaving together audio concepts, theories of aural perception and acoustics, musical instrument physics, and basic electronics and demonstrating their relationships to one another.

Rather than merely showing you how to use audio devices like equalizers and compressors, Winer explains how they work internally and how they are spec'd and tested.

With The Audio Expert, you get:

* Videos and audio examples on the companion website ( that help you understand complex topics, such as vibration and resonance

* Platform agnostic explanations, applying to Windows and Mac operating systems, and to most software and hardware

* Practical tips, tricks, advice, and lots of myth-busting

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Table of Contents

Part 1-Audio Defined

Chapter 1-Audio Basics

Chapter 2-Audio Fidelity, Measurements, and Myths

Chapter 3-Hearing, Perception, and Artifact Audibility

Chapter 4-Gozintas and Gozoutas

Part 2-Analog and Digital Recording, Processing, and Methods

Chapter- Mixers, Summing, Buses, and Routing

Chapter- Recording Devices

Chapter-Mixing Devices and Methods:

Chapter-Digital Audio Basics


Chapter-Frequency Processors

Chapter-Time Domain Processors

Chapter-Pitch and Time Manipulation Processors

Chapter-Other Processors


Part 3-Transducers



Part 4-Room Acoustics, Treatment, and Monitoring

Chapter-Absorbers and Diffusors

Chapter-Mid/High Frequency Absorbers

Chapter-Bass Traps


Chapter-Room Sizes, Shapes, and Construction

Chapter-Noise Control


Chapter-Room Measuring and Tuning

Chapter-Testing Acoustic Treatment Devices

Part 6-Overview of Video Production

Part 7-Electronics and Computers

Chapter-Basic Electronics in 60 Minutes

Chapter-Deeper into Electronics |

Chapter-Practical Electronics

Chapter-Test Procedures


Part 8- Musicians and Musical Instruments

Chapter-Musicians and Music Theory

Chapter-Musical Instruments

About the Originator

Ethan Winer has, at various times, worked as a studio musician, computer programmer, circuit designer, recording engineer, composer/arranger, technical writer, and college instructor. He's had nearly 100 feature articles published in audio and computer magazines including Mix, PC Magazine, Electronic Musician, EQ Magazine, Audio Media, Sound on Sound, Keyboard, Pro Sound News, and Recording. In 2002 he started the company RealTraps to manufacture bass traps and other acoustic treatment, which he continues to this day.

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