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Music, Physics and Engineering (Dover Books on Music) Paperback – June 1, 1967
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But there is more you should know: Harry F. Olson was one of the giants who created the recording industry. He first joined RCA right around the time electrical recording was introduced, in the late 1920's, and quickly made himself very valuable by designing the first practical ribbon element microphones. The famous RCA 44BX and RCA 77DX microphones are Harry Olson designs. Olson went on to do other important design work--his studio monitor speakers were among the best available--and he proved that ordinary people prefer wide-range, high fidelity sound with a series of ingenious laboratory experiments, which are recounted in this book.
If I had to name the three most important individuals in the development of modern, high fidelity, multi-channel sound recording and reproduction, I would pick Harvey Fletcher of Bell Labs (you have heard of the Fletcher-Munson equal loudness curves, perhaps?), Alan Blumlein of EMI (he literally patented stereo recording and reproduction in the 1930's) and Harry F. Olson of RCA. If you want the basics of audio, straight from one of the pioneers of the industry, get this book.