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Master Handbook of Acoustics 5th Edition

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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.

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Product Details

  • Series: Master Handbook of Acoustics
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics; 5 edition (June 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071603328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071603324
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #492,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I went to library and read an earlier version of this book before purchasing it. Despite taking copious notes, I felt it necessary to own a copy of Everest's classic. Why? Because it is clear and authoritative. The question you have to ask yourself is "Do I REALLY want to understand sound and acoustics?" The answer may be "no". In that case, this book may not be your best choice. A lot of people don't have the time, patience, or need to know exactly why sound acts as it does. Everest has many examples of how to build studio rooms, control rooms, diffusers, and so on, but the principal approach is theoretical. Acoustics is a specialty within physics, but is also an applied science within audio engineering and architecture. There is a spectrum of books on acoustics, each with its own preferred context. For example, Don Hall's book is largely a physical explanation of musical instruments, while covering other topics well but to a lesser degree. Bill Gibson's books are mostly concerned with sound engineering using a DAW, but he covers acoustics because its unavoidable. Phil Newell's book (Recording Spaces) is great if you want to understand issues of studio design.

The advantage of Everest's book is other books will tell you "it's like this" or "it's like that", but never get down to why. You scratch your head and scribble diagrams trying to sort it out. If you read Everest first -- and understand him -- you can breeze by all those tortured half-explanations. You can see how they are correct and what they are overlooking. You'll get more out of other books by having this one. If you are responsible for sound at live concerts, then you know how convenient it is to quickly understand the hall you just arrived at. Deep basic knowledge is an asset at times like that.
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This book WILL NOT B.S. YOU.

You know EXACTLY what I'm talking about...
...the usual
"[Here are the basics of Acoustics]... But if you want a truly professional job, you should find an expert on acoustics" kinda garbage.

You won't find that here.
This guy really goes deep. As deep as you've always wanted someone to go, in your journey to understanding the science of acoustics.

You'll find yourself learning the required math and thinking "OK, this math is really not that complicated, I can handle this" and you'll find yourself regularly saying to yourself "WOW that's so interesting!" There is so much cool information. You really leave this book feeling confident that you have a WELL-ROUNDED knowledge of acoustics.

If you've ever struggled to find good information on acoustics and wondered where you could really find the truth about it all -- your search is over.

Of course you should continue to learn acoustics from different sources... but this is your textbook. Your induction to the world of acoustics experts.

Totally recommended!
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If you're trying to learn the art of setting up your own studio acoustics, it's not about egg crates on the walls!! This author has created a stunning book that explains everything without all the engineering calculus - everything is pretty simple and straightforward. However, there are a lot of formulas and reading. Not for anyone who does want to really dig into the heart of the subject of acoustics.
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I won't go into detail about this book. It is THE reference book for those interested in sound from the standpoint of Speaker design, Recording Studio design and Sound/video editing information. Recommended.
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Essential for anyone who is serious about audio, and definitely one of the definitive books on the subject.

My only issue with the book is that it doesn't provide enough details about coefficient properties of various materials, and is somewhat simplified for my liking. Yes, it's the "Master Handbook," and it has lots of valuable information, but it would have been nice to have more details about various materials as a reference.
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This is the real deal, anyone in theatre or film production or more important the designers of recording studios or concert halls, wil use this, or things they learned from it.
My first reaction was "wow this is heavy" , that can be taken in either context, as it is about 5lbs, I guess? and second the depth of the material is well beyond what I had anticipated. But it is impressive and one night danced my fingers through the table of contents, and looked at maybe 10 different chapter sub titles and I would say in 70-80% of the cases I could find something useful out of. I am not saying I would use that amount of data but I am trying to estimate what the average reader might expect, I already own the book.. I think it is enough of a resource to kept on hand, and a chance to learn more.
I should describe one of the reasons I bought this is, I have encountered rooms, usually peoples living rooms, or family rooms that have such horrible acoustics. I can't imagine how you can make them better, so much concrete or glass or both. People whom I helped in the past know I like challenges. Already from a few hours in this book, some situations are such you could end up spending thousands of dollars to reach the level, that I had in my plastered wall 4th floor apt. in the East Village in the sixties. Those old places great, if I closed my windows no sound would escape , never heard anyone above me or below.
I think for these people the best bet, and I found this here on Amazon, go to Electronics Accesories and look up Auralex Acoustic, and they had a service you could draw and measure out you room or rooms, I believe I printed the form off Amazon and you send it to Auralex. They would for free or even if you had to pay something these guys will lay out a plan of attack.
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