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The Sound Reinforcement Handbook [Paperback]

by Gary Davis, Ralph Jones
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January 1, 1988 0881889008 978-0881889000 2
(Yamaha Products). Sound reinforcement is the use of audio amplification systems. This book is the first and only book of its kind to cover all aspects of designing and using such systems for public address and musical performance. The book features information on both the audio theory involved and the practical applications of that theory, explaining everything from microphones to loudspeakers. This revised edition features almost 40 new pages and is even easier to follow with the addition of an index and a simplified page and chapter numbering system. New topics covered include: MIDI, Synchronization, and an Appendix on Logarithms. 416 Pages.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Yamaha; 2 edition (January 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881889008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881889000
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound Engineering 101 in one book April 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
If you are going to regularly use Sound Equipment, you want this book.
Reading this book will enable you to learn 3 things:
1) How sound equipment works
2) How to set up and operate it
3) The basics of electricity and sound physics.
If you master the information contained in this book you will be a very effective engineer.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is like my second Bible. I am a studio engineer and a sound reinforcement technician. I have read it from cover to cover several times and would instantly recommend this book to anyone who works in the industry or is interested in learning about pro audio.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Live Sound and Recording Bible December 21, 2001
Format:Paperback
There aren't many things that recording engineers agree on. Sure we all like Neumann microphones, Neve Mic Pre's, and Studer 2 inch machines, but when it comes to things that the average studio can afford, there is much dissention.
That is not the case with this book. Without fail, every single audio engineer I've met learned SOMETHING from reading the Sound Reinforcement handbook. Collected in these pages is the wisdom of a generation of Audio Engineers, and given that our field is one that is so much based on oral tradition, a book like this is invaluable for someone who doesn't have the time or inclination to learn things in the traditional way by hanging around in recording studios working for free.
If you want to do anything in audio technology it would behoove you to learn this book backwards and forwards, because it contains between it's covers one of the most thorough and balanced presentations ever written on the topic. A great book.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clear and specific December 17, 2004
By demomo
Format:Paperback
I've used or tried to use at least a dozen books on this subject and this one is far and away the most helpful I have come across. The presentation breaks the subject down into separate paragraphs and addresses them, so you're not wading through a lot of information you don't need to get to what you do need. A lot of technical guides tend to wander around, working from the general to the specific, but this one aims at answering specific questions and keeps the generalities in their own place. Well illustrated and organized.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book will take you to the next level no matter where you are in audio. From beginners to advanced/experienced sound guys, this book will have knowledge to offer you. Simple enough for the layman to understand, and thorough enough for an electrical engineer to gain a better understanding of sound, electronics, and acoustics. Also, if you are a church struggling with room acoustics or sound reinforcement problems, this book will not only help you find the source of your problems, but more importantly, how to solve them.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book For Sound January 3, 2002
Format:Paperback
This is a great book to have for references. Its covers just about everthing from A to Z. Most of all its actually useful information not just a bunch of high tech talk you cant understand. This book is great for the beginner or the pro. Has great stuff on Mic placement and speaker placement. Answers all those questions that you cant figure out on your own. BUY THIS BOOK!!! You wont be sorry.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SR Student Must-Have October 29, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is a must have for all students in the sound reinforcement industry. As a high school theatre sound tech, this book has saved me from disaster hundreds of times and allowed my performances to sound great. The discussed topics are clear, complete, and through. The information is very useful to a beginner or a seasoned pro. I see this book as the "bible" of the sound reinforcement industry. A must have!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best reference book for sound engineering October 24, 2003
Format:Paperback
I used to work on small set of equipment for a local church (1500 people). I currently record at home.
I'm just an amature.
Anyway this book seems to be the best reference out there for beginners.
It has lot of details and some theory that will help you understand how a sound system works.
This book is a must for any one serious about doing there job. Amateur or Pro wanna be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars best book for the topic
buying this book was the best thing i did must have for sound people help me out so many times when working alone read and understand and you will be a pro in sound
Published 2 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio Bible
There's a reason it's called the Audio Bible. If you're a sound engineer or you want to become a sound engineer you need to own this book. Period.
Published 4 months ago by Arthur Merriweather
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is incredible! It's worth every penny you pay for it.
I used to DJ in Trinidad about twenty five years ago, and if I knew what I learned from this book currently,then I would of done better
when sounding off against other massive... Read more
Published 4 months ago by techie47
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING BOOK!
I love this book, I use this book, I needed this book. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to learn how to do live sound. Read more
Published 4 months ago by christopher
3.0 out of 5 stars The Sound Enforcement Handbook
its not for todays real world engineers, too complicated, but nice to have for references.It does'nt have every day practical techniques, its mostly the physics of Audio,its good... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sam Makarim
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, but indefensible print quality. No, seriously -...
This book is unequivocally the Bible for anyone working in pro audio. It explains everything you need to know, in sufficient detail, and is indexed to make future reference much... Read more
Published 5 months ago by GR Dude
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound Bible
A Sound Bible it is like it has always been called.
Picked a copy of this initially with a lot of doubt of it containing any much newer infos than the millions of information... Read more
Published 7 months ago by TheAbbey
5.0 out of 5 stars great
The book is very helpful, it really gives alot of information, and teaches alot, This book is highly recommended as well.
Published 7 months ago by Ken Truong
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible of Sound Reinforcement
I am attending sound reinforcement and recording training at the Factory Underground Studios in Norwalk, CT and was told to buy and read this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter W. Flournoy
5.0 out of 5 stars The bible
If you've got a question, all the basics and more are here. As noted by others, a bit dated regarding the current absolute state of the art but an extremely thorough reference... Read more
Published 8 months ago by montanadave
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