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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology Inc; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598630237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598630237
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 22.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ian myers on 5 Mar. 2014
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There is no contest. Everest's book includes listening examples as part of the text. The examples become an organic part of the whole. This book with included cd is the best way I have come across yet to improve your critical listening skills.

The Queen's University course has exercises largely or totally separate to the video tuition. The result is an incoherent course with the listening exercises proving hard to learn due to no or little indication as to what you are listening for. The video lectures appear almost a separate course to the critical listening exercises. My advice, don't waste your time on the course, buy instead the Everest book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice Cybis Pereira on 19 Feb. 2013
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Very good to train your listening skills! Whoever works with sound should have a look to this book. It covers the whole range of human perceived sounds.
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By A. J. Fisher on 10 May 2015
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useful for the audiophobe
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
essential tool for all audio students 4 May 2008
By Nicholas Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is acutally a compilation of two of Alton Everests ear training books. The first, Critical listening skills, plays different frequencies, amplitudes, bands, filters, amount of total harmonic distorion, and revervbs. Then you are forced to recognize changes within these different areas. These are crucial ear training skills for anyone trying to break into the world of audio. It's not somehting you can go through once and leave. The book should become part of a routine of ear training.

The second book, Auditory perception, discusses issues relating to the differences between how sound occurs and how we actually perceive it. Another valuable tool for understanding how sound works.

Aparantly this book has been around for a long time but was, until this edition, only available in very expensive editions that were catering toward institutions. This is done by puting the 6 cd's onto 1 mp3 cd. This is my one complaint about this book, that people trying to become audio pros shouldn't use compromised quality files when training there ears. That is why I use the cd's as a guide and for the projects that require more acurate listening I use a tone generator in my DAW to recreate the sounds at a higher quality.

All in all an excellent tool that has, in a short time, already proven very helpfull.
48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Definetely, the book for improving your audio listening skills! 2 May 2008
By D. Lucio - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains some clear and self explanatory audio exercises. I hate to acknowledge that most of the exercises could have already been performed by using a 'free' (computer) tone generator to explore the different frequency ranges. Beware, it will require time to learn to listen properly. I was very wrong to believe that by listening to the contents once, I was set. I would suggest to make copies of use a separate sheet of paper to answers the exercises. This way you can repeat it, over and over. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in improving his/her audio listening skills.

*PROS:
-Good and helpful exercises
-Nice correlation between the audio exercises and the freq. graphs on the book.
-If you have no patience to play with a tone generator, this book is well suited for you.

*CONS
-The CD without the book or the book without the CD become useless.
-You need to read the book while you listen to the CD.
-The CD is in fact an MP3-CD, so you may not play it anywhere you want.
-I have the impression that the book is kind of expensive. Many of the exercises can already be performed by anyone using a (free) tone generator.
- The book is kind of bulky to take it anywhere.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Just what I needed 16 Mar. 2008
By (L)Ove - Published on Amazon.com
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I am currently a student in mediaproduction and not too apt in the field of audio. Often I would come across examples in my textbooks on problems concerning EQ, audio levels, sounds masking eachother comb filter effect etc. My biggest problem is that I do not know what I should listen for. I haven't finished this book yet, but I still feel confident enough about in order to praise it in a review. This book is very good. Nice examples on the CD and very helpful. I do not know how useful it is for audio professionals, but for a student I think it is awesome.

In my first review I wrote that I thought the CD was sloppily made. In fact there was no trouble with the tracks, but since I did not realize that the CD contained mp3's rather than ordinary CD tracks my player read track 10 as track 2. Well, I dont know if I would trust mp3's as a listening reference (even if they have a very hight quality). I wish they could have used CD quality Wave files on a DVD instead. Still a helpful book, though.
38 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Classic Book Updated and Inexpensive 15 Aug. 2006
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book starts out by saying that the maestro on the podium, the recording engineer, and the experienced music critic have suffieiently trained ears to judge if the sound quality of music is acceptable. The beginning student may well have ears that are just as good, perhaps even better, than these professionals. The student can hear, but doesn't know how to listen.

This book is on listening. It is based on the courses the author developed to teach listening. The first half of the book is on the training the ears to detecting the changes in sound frequency, level, band limitations, irregularities, distortion, noise, etc. The second part is more on the psychoacoustics, the human auditory system. Of particular interest in this section is the understanding of the part that perception plays in the hearing of sounds.

The CD included with the book contains some eighteen lectures that essentially make up a course in listening.

This book is based on and expanded from previous books from the author. These earlier books have long been out of print and difficult to find. This new edition has been updated and priced at a price anyone can afford.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A top pick for both students and aspiring audio engineers. 15 Oct. 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The ability of the audio engineer to identify frequencies, hear hidden distortions and reconcile conflicts can make or break a career; but how can such skills be taught? Critical Listening Skills For Audio Professionals is one sure method for gaining expertise: it pairs an audio cd of high-resolution MP3 files containing nearly five hours of narration of the entire course with a text identifying critical listening skills. Students of the author's courses have tested and developed their own skills on the area based on the contents here, but the price tag is affordable enough for non-college aspiring pros to benefit from. A top pick for both students and aspiring audio engineers.

Diane C. Donovan

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