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Audio Engineering: Know It All [Paperback]

Douglas Self , Ben Duncan , Ian Sinclair , Richard Brice , John Linsley Hood , Andrew Singmin , Don Davis , Eugene Patronis , John Watkinson

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Sept. 29 2008 185617526X 978-1856175265 1
The Newnes Know It All Series takes the best of what our authors have written to create hard-working desk references that will be an engineer's first port of call for key information, design techniques and rules of thumb. Guaranteed not to gather dust on a shelf!Audio engineers need to master a wide area of topics in order to excel. The Audio Engineering Know It All covers every angle, including digital signal processing, power supply design, microphone and loudspeaker technology as well as audio compression. " A 360-degree view from our best-selling authors" Includes such topics as fundamentals, compression, and test and measurement" The ultimate hard-working desk reference; all the essential information, techniques and tricks of the trade in one volume

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Ben Duncan is well known to many users of audio power amplifiers around the world, both professional and domestic, through his hundreds of articles, reviews and research papers on music technology in the UK and US press, and through his part in creating several notable professional power amplifiers.Since 1977, he has been involved in the design of over 70 innovative, high-end audio products used by recording and broadcast studios, on stages, in clubs and by the most critical domestic listeners - as well as creating bespoke equipment for top musicians. Born in London, he has travelled widely but has lived mainly in Lincolnshire, home of his family for over 150 years. Outside a wide spectrum of music and festivals his interests include managing an organic garden, woodland and nature reserve; industrial archaeology, historic building restoration, psychic research, and 20th century political, social and engineering history. He is twice co-author of the book Rock Hardware in which he has chronicled the history of rock'n'roll PA.

Ian Sinclair was born in 1932 in Tayport, Fife, and graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1956. In that year, he joined the English Electric Valve Co. in Chelmsford, Essex, to work on the design of specialised cathode-ray tubes, and later on small transmitting valves and TV transmitting tubes. In 1966, he became an assistant lecturer at Hornchurch Technical College, and in 1967 joined the staff of Braintree College of F.E. as a lecturer. His first book, "Understanding Electronic Components” was published in 1972, and he has been writing ever since, particularly for the novice in Electronics or Computing. The interest in computing arose after seeing a Tandy TRS80 in San Francisco in 1977, and of his 204 published books, about half have been on computing topics, starting with a guide to Microsoft Basic on the TRS80 in 1979. He left teaching in 1984 to concentrate entirely on writing, and has also gained experience in computer typesetting, particularly for mathematical texts. He has recently visited Seattle to see Microsoft at work, and to remind them that he has been using Microsoft products longer than most Microsoft employees can remember. Ian Sinclair is the author of the following Made Simple books: Lotus 1-2-3- (2.4 DOS version) MS-DOS (up to version 6.22) PagePlus for Windows 3.1 Hard drives He is also the author of many other books published under our Newnes imprint.Visit Ian's website at http://website.lineone.net/~ian_sinclair

Commercial Director of Miranda Technologies, a global company specialising in television and channel-branding equipment. Worked previously as a senior designer in several of Britain's top broadcast companies. Previously Richard worked for Pro Bel where he designed the Freeway product series. For this he was cited in Post Update magazine as "one of the twelve disciples of TV design”. Richard was also responsible for the stereo enhancement system `Francinstien' and the 'OM' three-dimensional stereo system. Both these systems have been used on many records, tapes and CDs as well as on television and film scores.Richard is author of Multimedia and Virtual Reality, Music Engineering and Newnes Guide to Digital Television.Director, Electric Perception Ltd

John Linsley Hood (1925-2004) was head of the electronics research laboratories at British cellophane, for nearly 25 years. He worked on many instrumentation projects including width gauges and moisture meters, and made several inventions which were patented under the Cellophane name. Prior to his work at British Cellophane he worked in the electronics laboratory of the Department of Atomic Energy at Sellafield, Cumbria. He studied at Reading University after serving in the military as a radar mechanic. Linsley Hood published more than 30 technical feature articles in Wireless World magazine and its later incarnation Electronics World. He also contributed to numerous magazines including Electronics Today.

Don Davis and his wife, Carolyn, founded Synergetic Audio Concepts in 1972, he later retired in 1995. Don is a Senior member of the IEEE, Fellow of the AES and has received the Heyser Award, Life Time Achievement Award from NSCA and from USITT, Recognition for participation in the Brussels World Fair 1958 from the U.S. Dept. of State, and for the U.S. Exhibition in Moscow in 1959.

Eugene Patronis is Professor of Physics Emeritus at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He has also served as an industrial and governmental consultant in the fields of acoustics and electronics.

John Watkinson is an independent international consultant in advanced applications of electronics to audiovisual and avionics systems. He is a Fellow of the AES, a member of the Society of Expert Witnesses, and the British Computer Society and is a chartered information systems practitioner. He presents lectures, seminars and training courses worldwide. He is the author of many other Elsevier books, including The Art of DigitalVideo, An Introduction to Digital Video, Convergence in Broadcast and Communications Media, Television Fundamentals and The Art of the Helicopter.

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1.0 out of 5 stars A poor cut-and-paste job - avoid Oct. 19 2008
By E.J. Pitt - Published on Amazon.com
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Frankly this offering is a disgrace to the publisher. The chapters by John Linsley Hood and Douglas Self are all lifted, without acknowledgment, from their other books, and also apparently without even any competent proof-reading. Both authors' contributions talk about 'elsewhere in this book', referring to topics that are covered in those other books, not this one. One chapter by Douglas Self starts with a discussion of 'this frequency' without the slightest hint as to what 'this frequency' actually is. A poor cut-and-paste job. The lack of proof-reading applies to the whole book: every time I open it I find another error in a formula, or a repeated sentence, or other things that just don't make sense.

Buy the original books.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incoherent hodgepodge Feb. 26 2011
By MC Maks - Published on Amazon.com
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As another reviewer says, this is a bad cut and paste job. That reviewer mentioned errors in formulas, I can't even find formulas or good explanations of what I'm looking for (distortion standards, etc). The other book I bought at the same time as this one, "Sound System Engineering", is better overall (IMO). Unfortunately, when I found this book lacking the information I needed about distortion, I found that "Sound System Engineering" was the source of this book's information. I had two books with identical, insufficient information on the topic! This book is far from the comprehensive reference it is presented as being and does not have a uniform view (being a hack job).
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A goto compilation Oct. 28 2008
By J. Dowling - Published on Amazon.com
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It's true that this is a compilation of the works of 13 authors. Are there editing mistakes, probably since I know of few books that don't have them. It is however, a great GO TO book that covers everything about audio design that you might want to know and then some. At approximately 900 pages the listed index here at Amazon doesn't do it justice in terms of detailing all the subjects that are covered. Semiconductor physics as well as other passive and tubes are covered as well as all sorts of detailed information that I don't need to know but it's nice to know and have in one place. Plus the numerous charts, tables, graphs, formulas, circuits and other facts of interest cover things that would be time consuming to look up elsewhere. If you need more information there are many references sited in each chapter. And it's not just about electronics design. It also covers audio related subjects: speed of sound in various materials, frequency ranges for notes and instruments, board layout and mathematics just to name a few.
4.0 out of 5 stars A wealth of useful audio information. Nov. 3 2008
By Richard Jekel - Published on Amazon.com
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The series title "know it all" may be an overstatement, but this book does contain an amazing collection of useful information on audio in a single volume. From the basics of human hearing, microphones, acoustics, and digital signal processing to amplifiers and loudspeakers -- it's all here.

The book's main weakness is in the multiplicity of authors with different styles. This also results in some duplication between chapters 14, 15, 16, and 17 that cover different aspects of digital audio. Nevertheless the presentation of the same basic concepts from different viewpoints may help some readers better capture the essential ideas of digital signal processing.

Some of the authors appear to be British, so in their chapters the American reader will need to get accustomed to the European style in schematic diagrams. This includes small rectangles for resistors rather than zig-zag lines and the placement of the scaling abbreviation in the radix location (e.g., 1K5 rather than 1.5K).

As with any large technical book there are some typographical errors that didn't get caught, but not an inordinate number. On the plus side, I found the presentations in areas where I am most competent essentially correct. I am happy to have this added reference on my shelf. Considering the 900-page bulk, a price under $60 USD seems quite reasonable.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Liked the book April 21 2013
By Kali Beck - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not sure if I just completely missed it but this book had so much writing and highlighting in it when I received it that I have hardly read it.

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