The Microphone Book

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Taylor & Francis, 2004 - Music - 377 pages
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The Microphone Book is the only guide you will ever need to the latest in microphone technology, application and technique. This new edition features, more on microphone arrays and wireless microphones; a new chapter on classic old models; the latest developments in surround; expanded advice on studio set up, recording and mic selection; improved layout for ease of reference; even more illustrations.

John Eargle provides detailed analysis of the different types of microphones available. He then addresses their application through practical examples of actual recording sessions and studio operations. Surround sound is covered from both a creative and a technical viewpoint.

This classic reference takes the reader into the studio or concert hall to see how performers are positioned and how the best microphone array is determined. Problem areas such as reflections, studio leakage and isolation are analyzed from practical viewpoints. Creative solutions to such matters as stereo sound staging, perspective, and balance are also covered in detail. Recording and sound reinforcement engineers at all levels of expertise will find The Microphone Book an invaluable resource for learning the 'why' as well as the 'how' of choosing a microphone for any situation.

* The most comprehensive guide available, heavily illustrated with helpful diagrams, charts and equations
* A timesaving, one-stop reference covering both microphone technology and practical tips on use and problem solving
* Written by a highly respected industry veteran and Grammy award winner
  

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 A SHORT HISTORY OF THE MICROPHONE
1
CHAPTER 2 BASIC SOUND TRANSMISSION AND OPERATIONAL FORCES ON MICROPHONES
7
CHAPTER 3 THE PRESSURE MICROPHONE
22
CHAPTER 4 THE PRESSURE GRADIENT MICROPHONE
50
CHAPTER 5 FIRSTORDER DIRECTIONAL MICROPHONES
66
CHAPTER 6 HIGH DIRECTIONALITY MICROPHONES
91
CHAPTER 7 MICROPHONE MEASUREMENTS STANDARDS AND SPECIFICATIONS
105
CHAPTER 8 ELECTRICAL CONSIDERATIONS AND ELECTRONIC INTERFACE
117
CHAPTER 13 CLASSICAL STEREO RECORDING TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICE
194
CHAPTER 14 STUDIO RECORDING TECHNIQUES
217
CHAPTER 15 SURROUND SOUND MICROPHONE TECHNOLOGY
243
CHAPTER 16 SURROUND RECORDING CASE STUDIES
271
CHAPTER 17 A SURVEY OF MICROPHONES IN BROADCAST AND COMMUNICATIONS
290
CHAPTER 18 FUNDAMENTALS OF SPEECH AND MUSIC REINFORCEMENT
301
CHAPTER 19 OVERVIEW OF MICROPHONE ARRAYS AND ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS
322
CHAPTER 20 CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF MICROPHONES
334

CHAPTER 9 OVERVIEW OF WIRELESS MICROPHONE TECHNOLOGY
142
CHAPTER 10 MICROPHONE ACCESSORIES
152
CHAPTER 11 BASIC STEREOPHONIC RECORDING TECHNIQUES
166
CHAPTER 12 STEREO MICROPHONES
184
THE AUTHORS VIEW
338
REFERENCES AND BIBLIOGRAPHY
367
INDEX
373
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About the author (2004)

Ray A. Rayburn, Senior Consultant with K2 Audio LLC. Member of the AES Standards Working Group on Microphones, and Chair of the Standards sub-committee on Interconnections. Recording engineer. Lifetime interest in microphone use, testing, and design.
John Eargle holds multiple degrees in music and engineering, and has consulted extensively on electroacoustical product development. He is President of JME Consulting Corporation and author of The Handbook for Recording Engineering, The Loudspeaker Handbook, Electroacoustical Reference Data and others. Among the many artists he has recorded are the London Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Joe Williams, Rush Brown and Etta James. In February 2001 he received a Grammy award for Best Classical Engineering. He is a fellow, honorary member and past president of the Audio Engineering Society. He has served on the faculty of the Aspen Audio Recording Institute since 1980. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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