Acoustics and Psychoacoustics

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Music - 411 pages
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Acoustics and Psychoacoustics is ideal for students of music technology, sound recording, traditional music and acoustics, as well as engineers studying audio, multimedia and communications systems. Gain a practical understanding of how real musical sounds behave and are perceived in real spaces with this accessible and interesting read.

This third edition offers a CD of audio examples, crucial for a clear understanding of the concepts discussed.

Visit the book's supporting website at for additional resources such as:
* Questions and exercises to test your knowledge
* Web links for further resources and research
* Audio clips
* Calculation facilities (eg. adding decibel values and converting between frequency ratio and cents/semitones)
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* A broad-ranging introduction to acoustics and psychoacoustics
* Gain a practical understanding of the subject with this highly accessible guide
* For a clear understanding of the concepts discussed follow the accompanying CD of audio examples

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1 Introduction to sound
2 Introduction to hearing
3 Notes and harmony
4 Acoustic model for musical instruments
5 Hearing timbre and deceiving the ear
6 Hearing music in different environments
7 Processing sound electronically
Appendix 1 Solving the ERB equation
Appendix 2 Converting between frequency ratios and cents
Appendix 3 Deriving the reverberation time equation
Appendix 4 Deriving the reverberation time equation for different frequencies and surfaces
Appendix 5 Track listing for the audio compact disc

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About the author (2006)

David M. Howard, Jr. (Ph.D. University of Michigan) is Professor of Old Testament at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He has published seven books and numerous journal articles, book chapters, and essays, and is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society.

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