- Hardcover: 1757 pages
- Publisher: Howard W. Sams & Co.; 2nd edition (1969)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672206757
- ISBN-13: 978-0672206757
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 3.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Audio Cyclopedia Hardcover – 1969
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This book is a valuable supplement for audio pros. There are sections that show how to build a sound stage like the big boys, for example. A microphone section showing [now vintage] mics dissected. A lot of techncal stuff that modern audio books may water down so that it is easier for the novice to comprehend. This book is the real thing, and I'm sure the seasoned audio pros went to this book for information.
State of the art at the time it was written, this important history is still applicable today.
Why the Second Edition? Transistors and analog tape recorders made some serious advances between 1959 and 1969, but only incremental advances since. If you want to know a lot about post-WWII film sound recording, hold out for the First Edition. Film sound is covered in the Second Ed, just not with such emphasis. The current trend in returning to transformer coupled circuits is well covered in the 2nd Ed.
Acoustics is well covered, but later books on acoustics add much to the material in the Second Edition. Modern test equipment makes measuring a room less of a chore. If you can measure it, you can change it or fix it!
If a person is interested in modern recording and reproduction technology, this is the book that is the foundation of most later books. There are others, like Langford-Smith "Radiotron Designer's Handbook" 4th Ed that are equally important in a more narrow interest , but not a single volume that covers so much in such useful technical detail as Audio Cyclopedia.
The pictures are from my copy, but it's not for sale. Sorry.
The book has been renamed "Handbook for Sound Engineers, Fourth Edition" and is now in its 4th Edition. Glen Ballou is now the editor, and I wrote two chapters in the last two editions.
Amazon stocks the current edition which makes it easy to find and buy :>)
Ray A. Rayburn - Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society
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This was given as a gift. It was the 'hit' of Christmas!!! Every audiophile was jealous and wanted one.Published 24 days ago by Stephanie
The book was in a perfect condition (does not reflect it was used) and we definitely loved it. Great product.Published on December 29, 2013 by Veronika Kuhrová
This book has it all. I am an EE and the information in it is pricelss.I will always keep a copy in my library.This is not just a book but a tool.Published on March 4, 2013 by Larry Meletio
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