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Audio Systems Design and Installation [Paperback]

Philip Giddings
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June 12, 1997 0240802861 978-0240802862 1
Audio and video systems of all shapes and sizes are fraught with less than optimum performance. Audible hum and RFI (radio frequency interference), poor reliability, unsafe operation, overheating, and damage during touring are only a few of these problems. Those engineers and technicians that ¦can make things right are a prized commodity. Audio Systems Design and Installation is a book which reveals the trade secrets of optimized performance of audio (and video) systems. It contains a wealth of ideas and data which are invaluable to anyone working in the industry.


Ted Uzzle, editor of Sound and Video Contractor, states that Audio Systems Design and Installation is an "Instant classic", a "must have", and "perennial". For the designer and engineer, it is a comprehensive source of reference data on components and techniques used to assemble systems, for example: transformers, active inputs and outputs; pad, filters; grounding and grounding conductors, power conditioning; common mode chokes, ferrite beads; and many, many more items. Detailed illustrations and photos uncover many systems issues critical to optimum performance. For the technician and installer, it contains detailed drawings about:
* optimized signal interconnection schemes
* shielded grounding schemes
* jackfield wiring methods
* rack systems
* rack and equipment grounding
The ins-and-outs of wiring technique and hardware types are thoroughly explained. The bottom line is that use of the information contained in Audio Systems Design and Installation will result in better systems that are more reliable-saving you time and money. Read the book and become a bigger asset to your organization.
Philip Giddings has published in a variety of magazines as well as the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. He is a regular lecturer to local chapters of the AES and SMPTE, as well as at NSCA and Syn Aud Con. He is a graduate of McGill University's Electrical Engineering program and a registered Professional Engineer.

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"Another fine book is Phil Giddings' Audio System Design and Installaion. This book includes 574 pages of practical, hands-on information and has become a standard reference in the industry." - Sound & Video Contractor, April 2000

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Ted Uzzle, editor of Sound and Video Contractor, states that Audio Systems Design and Installation is an "Instant classic", a "must have", and "perennial". For the designer and engineer, it is a comprehensive source of reference data on components and techniques used to assemble systems, for example: transformers, active inputs and outputs; pad, filters; grounding and grounding conductors, power conditioning; common mode chokes, ferrite beads; and many, many more items. Detailed illustrations and photos uncover many systems issues critical to optimum performance. For the technician and installer, it contains detailed drawings about: * optimized signal interconnection schemes * shielded grounding schemes * jackfield wiring methods * rack systems * rack and equipment grounding The ins-and-outs of wiring technique and hardware types are thoroughly explained. The bottom line is that use of the information contained in Audio Systems Design and Installation will result in better systems that are more reliable-saving you time and money. Read the book and become a bigger asset to your organization.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 574 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (June 12, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240802861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240802862
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark Book, a Must-Read for EVERY Audio Engineer! November 16, 2011
Format:Paperback
Please disregard the review by Webmaster,DoctorProAudio.com because EVERY statement made in that review is inaccurate. Philip Giddings' Audio Systems Design and Installation is a landmark book that sets the standard by which all other such books should be judged. It is a thorough and complete bible on the subject. That it is currently out-of-print and without a publisher is a great shame. It deserves much better. Every Audio Engineer, Sound System Designer, Installer, and Technician should read and understand the contents of this book. The author brings a wealth of experience, technical expertise, and common sense to the subject while at the same time imparting precious wisdom one can use every day. The insight expressed that not every solution will work in every situation enables the reader to understand that the process of installation is a dynamic and ever-changing one. A professional installer never stops learning or exploring new solutions. He or she never loses sight of the ultimate goal of having clean-sounding, safe, and practical sound systems that serve the purposes for which they were designed.

I recommend reading this book from cover to cover and taking careful notes of the contents and specific information pertinent to one's work. Since the coverage of the book is vast, any given reader may not use all the information. But it is good at least to be exposed to it once. One never knows when one will need it.

Note to Amazon: Please consider acquiring the rights to this book and publishing it in electronic form. Many of us in the professional audio world would be grateful!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY reference for audio interfacing July 7, 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is still the only place I have found guidelines for interfacing every conceivable combination of audio gear. Also, its information on patchbays is a comprehensive guide on setting them up. If you are designing a studio, sound system, or other multimedia equipment, you need to read most of this book before you pickup your soldering iron.
Now we just need them to reprint it, I would buy 2 right now at the original price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Book when it comes to audio installations January 9, 2013
By Ssound
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book, the part about technical grounds for audio installations is worth the money all by its own. It covers everything you need to know about audio installations, from the trivial to the most important, ranging from electrical wiring, grounding, racks, harness, patchbays, connectors, hardware interconnection, servicing, cable types and materials etc... This is THE electrical audio bible.

As far as I know this book is one of a kind in its field, theres no other book which covers topics like electrical wiring and grounding directly focused towards the recording studio needs. It is definitely technically oriented, the math is by no means heavy duty but its definitely directed towards proffesional EE's or technicians rather than audio aficionados, yet the content of this book can be applied even to the smallest home recording studio.

Its a shame that this book is no longer being published.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best! June 8, 2004
Format:Paperback
This is the bible of audio interfacing. I truly could not get along without this book. It is written in a clear and concise manner and is well indexed. It truly covers just about every scenario. The only source that is required beyond this book for information on the studio interconnect jungle is a copy of the local Electrical Code. This due to the reality that what is best for the interconnecting and powering of an audio production facility is sometimes frowned upon by local codes. If you check most other reference materials on this subject this text will be in the bibliography. It is somewhat technical in nature so it is not for the laymen. Though don't let that put you off it will make you stronger for the effort. It is truly in my estimation the best source for the right way if you will.
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