Master Handbook of Acoustics Paperback – Jun 22 2009
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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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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?
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.
As an example of the latter, the following non-sequiturical sentence is used to explain sound transmission class (STC): "After comparing the measured graph with the standard
contour, the STC of the panel is the TL value of the standard contour at 500 Hz."
You know EXACTLY what I'm talking about...
"[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.
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