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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
Table of contents
Ch 1. Fundamentals of Sound Ch 2. Sound Levels and the Decibel Ch 3. The Ear and the Perception of Sound Ch 4. Speech, Music, and Noise Ch 5. Reverberation Ch 6. Absorption of Sound Ch 7. Reflection of Sound Ch 8. Diffraction of Sound Ch 9. Refraction of Sound Ch 10. Diffusion of Sound Ch 11. The Schroeder Diffuser Ch 12. Modal Resonances in Enclosed Spaces Ch 13. Sound Reflections in Enclosed Spaces Ch 14. Adjustable Acoustics Ch. 14. Control of HVAC Noise Ch. 15. Control of Interfering Noise Ch. 16. Recording Studio Acoustics Ch. 17. Studio Control Room Acoustics Ch. 18. Audio/Video Tech Room and Voice-Over Ch. 19 Home Listening Room Acoustics Ch. 20 Concert Hall Acoustics Ch. 21 Acoustical Distortion Ch. 22 Room Acoustics Measurement Software Ch. 23. Room Optimizer Ch. 24. Desktop Auralization Ch. 25. Electro-Acoustic Software for Engineers
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.