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Master Handbook of Acoustics [Paperback]

F. Alton Everest , Ken Pohlmann
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June 22 2009 0071603328 978-0071603324 5

Practical Instruction on the Art and Science of Acoustic Design and Architecture

Build your own acoustic environments such as recording studios, control rooms, and home listening rooms with expert insights from two engineering professionals. Fully expanded to cover the latest methods and software tools, Master Handbook of Acoustics, Fifth Edition presents clear explanations of acoustic phenomena and provides a hands-on approach to room design. Learn how to perform acoustic measurements, choose room dimensions, assign speaker placement, analyze response curves, and design and install sound absorbers and diffusers. You will also find details on how to fine-tune room reverberation, minimize external noise, and apply psychoacoustic concepts.

Master Handbook of Acoustics, Fifth Edition explains how to:

  • Determine how sound propagates in open and enclosed spaces
  • Measure sound-pressure levels and work with decibels
  • Analyze the characteristics of room modal resonances
  • Treat rooms for optimal early reflections, reverberation, and diffusion
  • Minimize acoustic distortion, comb-filter effects, and HVAC interference
  • Construct high-quality stereo and surround-sound listening rooms
  • Design personal and professional recording studios and control rooms
  • Understand the acoustics of auditoriums and concert halls
  • Optimize room designs using measurement, modeling, and auralization software

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*2 complete chapters on acoustical software solutions

*Full chapter on acoustical measurements and calculations
*Added guidance on small recording and voice-over studios

No one can touch the Master ...No other book even comes close to legendary acoustical scientist F. Alton Everest's Master Handbook of Acoustics for a friendly, practice-oriented tour of acoustical principles. This readable yet authoritative guide tenderizes a tough subject so that audio buffs can apply leading-edge acoustical thought and design in their own home recording studios and listening rooms.Keeping his target audience of hobbyists, electronics enthusiasts, and audiophiles always in mind, the author makes the science of sound interesting and understandable. Only someone who understands acoustics as well as Everest – Senior Member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Acoustical Society of America, and the IEEE -- could explain these principles so simply, informally, and with such relevance to home projects.

Short on mathematical derivations and long on easy-reading translations of difficult technical subjects, F. Alton Everest's Master Handbook of Acoustics is a rewarding piece of prose that can help you elevate any audio project to a higher standard. An inexhaustible source of ideas, inspiration, and techniques, it's a classic work that every audiophile wants to own. This book is a true keeper.

For the ultimate in custom sound

For those who love electronics and high-end listening and recording, this book is the key to the kingdom, unlocking the theory that lets you:
*Achieve professional recording results at home
*Customize the perfect listening chamber
*Build an audio/video tech room for state-of-the-art voice-over recording
*Create "quiet air" in your home recording studio
*Modify sound with adjustable acoustics
*Control reverberation, interference, and just plain noiseControl distortion in the air medium itself

WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM--Geoff Goacher, Acoustical Research AssociatesPeter D'Antonio, President & CEO, RPG Diffusor Systems --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

F. Alton Everest was a leading acoustics consultant. He was co-founder and director of the Science Film Production division of the Moody Institute of Science, and was also section chief of the Subsea Sound Research section of the University of California.

Ken C. Pohlmann is well known as an audio educator, consultant, and author. He is professor emeritus at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, consultant for many audio manufacturers and car makers, and author of numerous articles and books including Principles of Digital Audio.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Master Handbook of Acoustics May 20 2014
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Price is right, coverage is good. Good use of charts and tables where appropriate to explain subjects. Thorough bibiography allows follow up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All the basics covered July 1 2013
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Excellent but very theoretical. Could be more practical for specific applications and examples. Thorough review of all aspects of acoustic design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Required Reference Book Jan. 11 2012
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I went to library and read an earlier version of this book before purchasing it. Despite taking copious notes, I felt it necessary to own a copy of Everest's classic. Why? Because it is clear and authoritative. The question you have to ask yourself is "Do I REALLY want to understand sound and acoustics?" The answer may be "no". In that case, this book may not be your best choice. A lot of people don't have the time, patience, or need to know exactly why sound acts as it does. Everest has many examples of how to build studio rooms, control rooms, diffusers, and so on, but the principal approach is theoretical. Acoustics is a specialty within physics, but is also an applied science within audio engineering and architecture. There is a spectrum of books on acoustics, each with its own preferred context. For example, Don Hall's book is largely a physical explanation of musical instruments, while covering other topics well but to a lesser degree. Bill Gibson's books are mostly concerned with sound engineering using a DAW, but he covers acoustics because its unavoidable. Phil Newell's book (Recording Spaces) is great if you want to understand issues of studio design.

The advantage of Everest's book is other books will tell you "it's like this" or "it's like that", but never get down to why. You scratch your head and scribble diagrams trying to sort it out. If you read Everest first -- and understand him -- you can breeze by all those tortured half-explanations. You can see how they are correct and what they are overlooking. You'll get more out of other books by having this one. If you are responsible for sound at live concerts, then you know how convenient it is to quickly understand the hall you just arrived at. Deep basic knowledge is an asset at times like that.

Bottom Line: Everest's book gives you a solid grounding, but is probably not enough by itself. It is a valuable reference. You can turn to it whenever you get thrown by some technical argument about the behaviour of sound in an internet article, at gearslutz, or in someone else's book. If you are really in this game, how can you not have a copy of Everest?
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the most thorough and wonderful book for Acoustics! April 9 2013
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This book WILL NOT B.S. YOU.

You know EXACTLY what I'm talking about...
...the usual
"[Here are the basics of Acoustics]... But if you want a truly professional job, you should find an expert on acoustics" kinda garbage.

You won't find that here.
This guy really goes deep. As deep as you've always wanted someone to go, in your journey to understanding the science of acoustics.

You'll find yourself learning the required math and thinking "OK, this math is really not that complicated, I can handle this" and you'll find yourself regularly saying to yourself "WOW that's so interesting!" There is so much cool information. You really leave this book feeling confident that you have a WELL-ROUNDED knowledge of acoustics.

If you've ever struggled to find good information on acoustics and wondered where you could really find the truth about it all -- your search is over.

Of course you should continue to learn acoustics from different sources... but this is your textbook. Your induction to the world of acoustics experts.

Totally recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must have for in-depth knowledge Feb. 18 2013
By Eric J. Bragg - Published on
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If you're trying to learn the art of setting up your own studio acoustics, it's not about egg crates on the walls!! This author has created a stunning book that explains everything without all the engineering calculus - everything is pretty simple and straightforward. However, there are a lot of formulas and reading. Not for anyone who does want to really dig into the heart of the subject of acoustics.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem-filled treasure July 3 2010
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This is the best technical book I've ever read. Virtually every page has useful information that has furthered my understanding of acoustics. I've never read a technical book from cover to cover before, but that is what I'm doing with the Handbook. There are plenty of graphs, pictures and diagrams to support the text. The equations provided are all algebraic; no math degree is required to read it.

Only the last two chapters seem out of place. They outline the design of some acoustical software and would mostly be of interest to people writing such software. Still, don't let this dissuade you; the rest of the book is well worth the price.

Highest recommendation!
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential book, wish it had more charts on coefficients Oct. 23 2014
By Spencer Holbert - Published on
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Essential for anyone who is serious about audio, and definitely one of the definitive books on the subject.

My only issue with the book is that it doesn't provide enough details about coefficient properties of various materials, and is somewhat simplified for my liking. Yes, it's the "Master Handbook," and it has lots of valuable information, but it would have been nice to have more details about various materials as a reference.
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