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Master Handbook of Acoustics 4th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0071360972
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*2 complete chapters on acoustical software solutions

*Full chapter on acoustical measurements and calculations
*Added guidance on small recording and voice-over studios

No one can touch the Master ...No other book even comes close to legendary acoustical scientist F. Alton Everest's Master Handbook of Acoustics for a friendly, practice-oriented tour of acoustical principles. This readable yet authoritative guide tenderizes a tough subject so that audio buffs can apply leading-edge acoustical thought and design in their own home recording studios and listening rooms.Keeping his target audience of hobbyists, electronics enthusiasts, and audiophiles always in mind, the author makes the science of sound interesting and understandable. Only someone who understands acoustics as well as Everest – Senior Member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Acoustical Society of America, and the IEEE -- could explain these principles so simply, informally, and with such relevance to home projects.

Short on mathematical derivations and long on easy-reading translations of difficult technical subjects, F. Alton Everest's Master Handbook of Acoustics is a rewarding piece of prose that can help you elevate any audio project to a higher standard. An inexhaustible source of ideas, inspiration, and techniques, it's a classic work that every audiophile wants to own. This book is a true keeper.

TURN SCIENCE INTO ART
For the ultimate in custom sound

For those who love electronics and high-end listening and recording, this book is the key to the kingdom, unlocking the theory that lets you:
*Achieve professional recording results at home
*Customize the perfect listening chamber
*Build an audio/video tech room for state-of-the-art voice-over recording
*Create "quiet air" in your home recording studio
*Modify sound with adjustable acoustics
*Control reverberation, interference, and just plain noiseControl distortion in the air medium itself

WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM--Geoff Goacher, Acoustical Research AssociatesPeter D'Antonio, President & CEO, RPG Diffusor Systems

About the Author

F. Alton Everest is a legend in the world of sound. The creator of numerous technical innovations, and the author of scores of books and scholarly papers, he has been a leader in television engineering, sound recording, motion pictures, radio, and multimedia. A co-founder and director of the Science Film Production division of the Moody Institute of Science, he was also a section chief of the Subsea Sound Research section of the University of California. An educator who has taught at several leading institutions, he has consulted on acoustics to numerous industries for nearly 30 years. Having touched many of the technical highlights of the 20th century, he celebrated his 90th birthday in 1999. He and his wife live in Santa Barbara, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: Master Handbook of Acoustics
  • Paperback: 615 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 4th edition (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071360972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071360975
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.5 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By F. W. Hoge on March 14, 2003
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This is an outstanding book for anyone interested in room acoustics. My motivation as an Audiophile for purchasing this book was to answer the basic question: "Should my next audio investment be in room acoustic treatments, and if so what are the considerations involved?" This book methodically breaks down every aspect of the behavior of sound, and how that behavior affects and is percieved by the listener. Reverberation, reflection, dispersion, diffraction, absorption, spectral analyses, modal analyses, room topology, etc., etc... It's all there. An absolute must have for any Audiophile.
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To say that the Master Handbook of Acoustics is an 'incredibly comprehensive work' it's like saying that the Beatles were 'some band from Liverpool'. Without a doubt, a must-have. Better than that, buy two and enlighten a friend! :-)
Now really, this is the absolute definitive book on acoustics, covering topics ranging from sound propagation to room acoustics to absortion, diffusion, refraction, reflection, diffraction and everything else you can think of.
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This book can be a tremendous asset to anyone interested in cleaning up their audio listening invironment. It would be difficult to imagine myself not having this book around now with all the wealth of information it possesses. Highly recomended.
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Everest's book Master Handbook of Acoustics lives up to it's name. It's an excellent overview of acoustics for everyday purposes. I haven't been through it completely (skipped Ch.28) but am pleased with the level of detail. This is a good intro for a serious hobbyist, though it might be too much information for some. For a non-engineer professional it's a good 'one book' place to start. It does not take you heavily into the physics of why or how sound behaves a certain way, but it makes the reader aware of the concepts in a factual manner. There is more of an emphasis on small room acoustics and studio applications.

The Master Hanbook of Acoustics has ample illustrations and references that will take you to the source for more detailed study.

For a great classic intro book on sound in large or open spaces, and sound / noise transmission see Architectural Acoustics by Meheta et al.
Addition 2006 - Two excellent new titles of note are "Concert Halls and Opera Houses" by Beranek and "Architectural Acoustics (Applications of Modern Acoustics)" by Long. These two titles are more technical and rigorous.

2008 - for a simlar fairly non-technical, good read on how we listen to speakers in small rooms see Floyd Toole's book.
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(This book is a must. I am a teacher at Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, and this book is one of the texts I use. I recommend it everywhere. It is easy to understand and comprehensive for all levels. I mean, it is useful for the beginners and also for graduate students. Maybe it needs a spanish translation. It is unfair that for most of my students the book is hard to read because of the language).
This was my last comment, oh, yeah. But it was before the fourth edition, in which I expected to see corrections of obvious mistakes found in previous editions. Take this: page 35-36, "after the arrival of the direct sound", uh uh, big mistake (who is the proofreader?), another pearl: page 34: log(0.22/1) is always a negative number! come on! The same mistakes in four editions? unacceptable. I had to correct these mistakes in my classroom to get my students on the way.

(Feb-2006) Mr Everest passed away on Sept 2005. he's with God now.
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The title is a little misleading. If you're looking for a general textbook on acoustics, this isn't it. If you're looking for a book on architectural acoustics, this isn't it. If you're looking for a highly technical reference on the physics of sound, this isn't really that, either.

But if you have a recording studio, even if it's a converted basement, garage or bedroom, this book is packed with information you can use. The math is easy enough that it won't intimidate anyone, and the text is easy to read.

If you're struggling to get your mixes to translate, acoustic treatment is your salvation, and after reading this book you'll know what needs to be done. Furthermore, you'll be armed with information that will help you defend yourself from acoustic treatment vendors hawking ineffective, overpriced acoustic products.
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This is an incomplete review, because I haven't read most of the book yet. I plan to, though, and at that point, I'll come back and update this.

So far, I really enjoy the book, and it's made many things clear to me that weren't before. I'm hoping that trend continues. However, I felt compelled to write because one of the reasons I bought this book was that I saw a few people saying that the "math wasn't too difficult" or it "wouldn't intimidate anyone." :o) Well, I must be quite the dullard, because holy crap! Everything was going great for the first two chapter or so and then I turned the page, and I felt as though I was listening to the teacher on the Peanuts cartoons. It went from 0 to 60 with the math fast enough to make my head spin, and I had no CLUE what was going on. I took it with a grain of salt though and kept going, and eventually it relented once more.

I'm not going to deduct any stars because I don't (at least not yet) understand the math, but I just wanted to clarify that the math certainly WILL intimidate some people if I'm at all typical. But there's plenty more useful information in here that's not math-related at all, so even if I'm never able to grasp it, I feel as though I'm going to learn an awful lot from this book.
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