- Paperback: 690 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (April 11, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240821009
- ISBN-13: 978-0240821009
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Audio Expert: Everything You Need to Know About Audio 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
The Audio Expert is a comprehensive reference that covers all aspects of audio, with many practical, as well as theoretical, explanations. Providing in-depth descriptions of how audio really works, using common sense plain-English explanations and mechanical analogies with minimal math, the book is written for people who want to understand audio at the deepest, most technical level, without needing an engineering degree. It's presented in an easy-to-read, conversational tone, and includes more than 400 figures and photos augmenting the text.
The Audio Expert takes the intermediate to advanced recording engineer or audiophile and makes you an expert. The book goes far beyond merely explaining how audio "works." It brings together the concepts of audio, aural perception, musical instrument physics, acoustics, and basic electronics, showing how they're intimately related. Describing in great detail many of the practices and techniques used by recording and mixing engineers, the topics include video production and computers. Rather than merely showing how to use audio devices such as equalizers and compressors, Ethan Winer explains how they work internally, and how they are spec'd and tested.
Most explanations are platform-agnostic, applying equally to Windows and Mac operating systems, and to most software and hardware. TheAudioExpertbook.com, the companion website, has audio and video examples to better present complex topics such as vibration and resonance. There are also videos demonstrating editing techniques and audio processing, as well as interviews with skilled musicians demonstrating their instruments and playing techniques.
About the Author
Ethan Winer has, at various times, worked as a studio musician, computer programmer, circuit designer, recording engineer, composer/arranger, technical writer, and college instructor. He's had nearly 100 feature articles published in audio and computer magazines including Mix, PC Magazine, Electronic Musician, EQ Magazine, Audio Media, Sound on Sound, Keyboard, Pro Sound News, and Recording. In 2002 he started the company RealTraps to manufacture bass traps and other acoustic treatment, which he continues to this day.
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Top customer reviews
I just got my copy and I recommend it highly. I will post a short disclaimer that I know Ethan. On the other hand I am not a real traps customer, yet as I do not currently have space for a home theatre. This is not a how to buy guide. Ethan makes no recommendations for products and while real traps do show up from time to time they are used as examples on how to solve common audio problems. Ethan also takes the mythmakers of the audio world to task, not by name, but by telling you what you should look out for. This is a very technical book, but if you have the basic understanding of sound and some very limited electronics knowledge(know what a soldering iron does) you should be fine. Ethan states that this book is for experts and not beginner, then turns around and explains things so well that you don't really need any expertise. I am by no means an expert in audio, but so far this book has not put me to sleep yet. A very good audio book
It broadens my horizons in the field very much.