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Working with Audio by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 4. Studio and Control Room Design

When a sound wave is emitted in an enclosed space, it bounces off the surfaces of that space. Each surface affects the travels of the wave, depending on its sound-absorbing properties, size, and shape. Some frequencies are absorbed; others are reflected or diffracted. Some waves travel a short distance, bouncing off surfaces once or twice. Waves that travel longer distances arrive later, weaker, and tonally altered.

The science of a sound wave’s behavior—that is, its generation, transmission, reception, and effects—is called acoustics. The study that deals with the human perception of acoustics is called psychoacoustics. The term acoustics is used to describe the physical behavior of sound waves in a room; ...

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