Master Handbook of Acoustics

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McGraw Hill Professional, May 31, 2009 - Music - 544 pages
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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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Easily the most comprehensive book on the subject.If you're thinking of starting upon a career in Acoustics or simply trying a hand at by experimenting, this is the ideal book for you.Detailed and yet lucid enough for the beginner to grasp.

Contents

1 Fundamentals of Sound
1
2 Sound Levels and the Decibel
19
3 Sound in the Free Field
33
4 The Perception of Sound
39
5 Signals Speech Music and Noise
69
6 Reflection
95
7 Diffraction
107
8 Refraction
117
17 Noise Control in Ventilating Systems
311
18 Acoustics of Listening Rooms
329
19 Acoustics of Small Recording Studios
343
20 Acoustics of Control Rooms
355
21 Acoustics of AudioVideo Rooms
367
22 Acoustics of Large Halls
377
23 Acoustic Distortion
395
24 Room Acoustics Measurement Software
405

9 Diffusion
125
10 CombFilter Effects
135
11 Reverberation
151
12 Absorption
179
13 Modal Resonances
223
14 Schroeder Diffusers
257
15 Adjustable Acoustics
277
16 Control of Interfering Noise
289
25 Room Optimizer
425
26 Room Auralization
449
Biblography
465
Appendix
481
Glossary
483
Index
495
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About the author (2009)

F. Alton Everest was a Co-founder and Director of the Science Film Production division of the Moody Institute of Science.

Ken C. Pohlmann is a Professor and Chairman of the Music Engineering program at the University of Miami at Coral Gables.

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