Acoustics and Psychoacoustics

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Taylor & Francis, 2009 - Music - 488 pages
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The acoustics of a space can have a real impact on the sounds you create and capture. Acoustics and Psychoacoustics gives you an essential grounding and understanding to how real music sounds behave in different spaces whether during a performance or a recording and how they are perceived by performers and listeners. With their clear and simple style Howard and Angus walk you through the theory- the science of sound engineering and music production, the acoustics of musical instruments, how we hear musical sounds, and the practical- how to apply it to music spaces to create professional sound. Real-world examples and audio clips to work with are provided, providing practical materials to work with. The new edition uncovers the acoustic application for today's recording industry. The accompanying CD provides audio examples to help readers gain a clear understanding of the many concepts discussed in the book The website is packed with audio clips, questions and answers, a calculation facility as well as links and resources.

* Acoustics and psychoacoustics covered from a musical standpoint to help those involved in music technology and music understand sound and how we hear it as well as how the acoustics of spaces affect sound transmission and recording spaces * New content includes surround sound standards, MP3/ AAC coding, basics of audiometric measurement, mosquito "teen scarers" * Supporting website with audio clips, recorded sound, illustrates concepts


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Chapter 2 Introduction to Hearing
Chapter 3 Notes and Harmony
Chapter 4 Acoustic Model for Musical Instruments
Chapter 5 Hearing Timbre and Deceiving the Ear
Chapter 6 Hearing Music in Different Environments
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Combined
The Fourier Transform
Solving the ERB Equation
Converting Between Frequency Ratios and Cents
Deriving the Reverberation Time Equation
Deriving the Reverberation Time Equation for Different Frequencies and Surfaces
The Effect of Speaker Size on its Polar Pattern
Track Listing for the Audio Compact Disc

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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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