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The Science of Sound Recording

Book Description

The Science of Sound Recording will provide you with more than just an introduction to sound and recording, it will allow you to dive right into some of the technical areas that often appear overwhelming to anyone without an electrical engineering or physics background.  

The Science of Sound Recording helps you build a basic foundation of scientific principles, explaining how recording really works. Packed with valuable must know information, illustrations and examples of 'worked through' equations this book introduces the theory behind sound recording practices in a logical and practical way while placing an emphasis on the concepts of measurement as they relate to sound recording, physical principles of mechanics and acoustics, biophysics of hearing, introduction to electronics, analog and digital recording theory and how science determines mixing techniques.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. Mathematics and the Measurement of Sound
    1. Mathematics
    2. Sinusoids
    3. Logarithms and Exponents
    4. Vectors
    5. Polar Coordinates
    6. Complex Numbers
    7. Calculus
    8. Statistics
    9. Units of Measure
  8. 2. Physics
    1. Newton’s Laws of Mechanics
    2. Thermodynamics
    3. Electromagnetism
    4. Work and Energy
    5. Resonance and Harmonic Motion
    6. The Wave Equation
    7. Superposition
    8. Suggested Reading
  9. 3. Sound
    1. The Physics of Sound
    2. The Physics of Gases
    3. Sound Propagation
    4. Sound Refraction and Diffraction
    5. Acoustics
    6. Room Modes of Reflection
    7. Suggested Reading
  10. 4. Hearing
    1. The Auditory System
    2. Cochlear Physiology
    3. Perception of Sound
    4. References
    5. Suggested Reading
  11. 5. Electronics
    1. Basic Electricity
    2. Passive Electronic Devices
    3. Active Electronic Devices
    4. Suggested Reading
  12. 6. Microphones
    1. Dynamic Microphones
    2. Capacitor Microphones
    3. Spatial Sensitivity
    4. Microphone Specifications
    5. Multiple-Microphone Techniques
    6. Suggested Reading
  13. 7. Analog Signal Processing
    1. Impedance Matching
    2. Shielding
    3. The Balanced Line
    4. Grounding
    5. Linear Amplifiers
    6. Nonlinear Amplifiers
    7. Dynamic Range Processors
    8. Equalizers
    9. Mixing Consoles
    10. Suggested Reading
  14. 8. Analog Recorders
    1. Magnetism
    2. The Physics of Magnetic Recording
    3. The Interaction of Head and Tape
    4. Sources of Noise
    5. Noise Reduction Systems
    6. Tape Recorders
    7. Recorder Alignment
    8. Suggested Reading
  15. 9. Digital Audio Recording and Processing
    1. The Binary Number System
    2. Computers and Time
    3. Digital Audio: The Theory
    4. Sampling: Quantization
    5. Sampling: Timing
    6. Analog-to-Digital Conversion
    7. Digital-to-Analog Conversion
    8. Digital Audio Interconnection
    9. Digital Recording
    10. Digital Signal Processing
    11. Digital File Distribution
    12. Suggested Reading
  16. 10. Monitoring, Mixing, and Mastering
    1. Monitoring
    2. Loudspeaker Drivers
    3. Speaker Cabinets
    4. Loudspeaker–Room Interactions
    5. Mixing
    6. Mastering
    7. Suggested Reading
  17. Appendix 1
  18. Index
  19. Additional Reference Material