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Sound Systems: Design and Optimization: Modern Techniques and Tools for Sound System Design and Alignment Paperback – November 21, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0240520209 ISBN-10: 0240520203 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (November 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240520203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240520209
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,041,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Pro Audio needs more tools like this, well thought out, well researched and well written, a valuable tool!” - Sam Berkow, SIA Acoustics

"Writing a meaningful book on live sound loudspeaker system measurement & optimization is perhaps one the most daunting tasks one could ever dream up. Bob McCarthy has accomplished this and his new book provides very detailed guidelines for those of us who are involved in the design and commissioning of live sound loudspeaker systems." Tom Young Electroacoustic Design Services

Bob's new book is not like other books on general sound system design. It focuses on loudspeakers and their interaction with each other, and the rooms they are installed in. The result is that the reader will not only have a clear idea of what the difficulties are in designing systems, but have at hand some well thought out suggestions on handling the exceptions. Recommended without reservation. Thorny (Alexander Yuill-Thornton II) Solstice Company

Unlike the many other books that offer fine discourses on theory, this book also provides you the intellectual tools you need to make the tough calls in the field, when time is tight and things haven't gone exactly according to plan. Setting priorities is the hardest part and Bob McCarthy lays it out - loud and clear. Dave Clark, Engineering Harmonics Inc.

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It is well written and fun to read.
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If you use Smaart (or any other similar program), you will definitely get something out of this book whatever your experience level.
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This is the must have book for all sound engineers and system designers.
A. R. Mourant

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gille on May 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully-written book. We have had the oportunity to work with Bob several times leading up to the release of the book. From pioneering measurement and analysis methods to identifying themes among system allignment scenerios most common in the field, Bob is thurough, complete, methodical, and passionate about the laws and facts of physics. This book captures the gammut of his scientific adventure, from nuts and bolts too deep to absorb in one reading, to rules-of-thumb and cheat-sheets that will give you instant insight into the invisible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harry Brill Jr. on February 10, 2007
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When I heard about this new book from Bob McCarthy I had to have it. It is well written and fun to read. Anyone serious about sound system optimization will own this book. Sure to be requred text for all future training courses in live sound schools, Sound Systems: Design and Optimization, joins Sound System Engineering, and the Sound Reinforcement Handbook as a must read for sound system engineers.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. LeBrecht on March 16, 2008
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What surprised me most about this book was how readable it was. OK, I know it's not going on Oprah's book club list, but I was expecting a book that I wouldn't be able to understand beyond certain basics. Kind of like my 10th grade math book. But the way McCarthy works his way through the subject was well organized, clear AND at time humorous. I think that it's an excellent book that most sound engineers are going to want on their bookshelf.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Todd Petersen on July 23, 2007
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"That is what we thought then, this is what we know now."...to borrow a phrase Bob McCarthy has used. This book is about what we know now (or should know) thanks in large part to McCarthy's work in the field. This book doesn't rehash the information found in just about every other book involving sound and acoustics. It applies that knowledge along with technical data that has been collected over the course of his career to current real world technologies, systems and situations.

While various measurement tools have existed for quite some time, it has only been more recently that low cost solution (comparatively) have existed for analyzing our systems and their interaction with the environments we put them in. Now most anyone can afford to better understand what their systems are doing and why. Unfortunately the information that such tools provide is somewhat useless if you don't understand what it means, how to interpret it or how to apply it. This book doesn't teach you how to use such tools specifically so much as it addresses the reason the tools exist and how to use the information they provide to improve the listening experience and the efficiency of the systems that deliver the experience. McCarthy does this by sharing both the information that he has collected over the course of his career and most importantly, the knowledge that has been gained while compiling that information.

Besides the fact that McCarthy is in a unique position of having more experience in this area than maybe anybody else, he's also a hands-on guy who knows how to teach others. Anyone that has had an opportunity to attend one of his seminar courses knows he has a knack for making complex science understandable to almost anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Casolino on July 29, 2007
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Bob McCarthy did a great job. This book cover the black holes on sound systems design.
No matter how good audio guru you are, this is a MUST HAVE TOOL!.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Mourant on March 17, 2007
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This is the must have book for all sound engineers and system designers. From start to finish this book provides absolute detail from Bob's twenty years of experience in the field and he has effectively written the ultimate compendium for sound engineers dedicated to the subject of sound system design and optimization. It has excellent graphical representation of concepts and design. Highly recommended reading for novice to expert sound engineers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Lucas on March 28, 2012
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Tons of theoretical information and most importantly the Practical application of the theory. The author is an experienced sound engineer and reveals experience based advice on how best to deal with most common situations faced by sound engineers installing permanent and performance (concerts, theatre) systems.
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