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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 5 edition (June 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071603328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071603324
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
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!
OMG July 12 2014
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Really friendly and a lot of knowledge, you wouldn't believe everything that comes in this book. Really complete.

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