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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 5 edition (7 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240519965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240519968
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 19.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Book News, Inc.
Rumsey (sound recording, Univ. of Surrey, England) and McCormick (a professional in audio electronics and theater sound) provide a textbook for audio engineering students, and a review for working engineers that is broad in theory and coverage but focused on the principles of audio recording and reproduction. In addition to conventional topics such as MIDI, digital audio and time code, comprehensive coverage of commonly misunderstood subjects such as the decibel, balanced lines, reference levels and metering systems is included. The fourth edition offers updated chapters on surround sound, spatial perception, DVD-A, SACD, Direct Stream Digital, MiniDisc, assignable digital mixing consoles and distributed-mode loudspeakers.Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

'I rate the book very highly and use it regularly when teaching. It excels in explaining the technical side of sound recording and is a must-read for beginners and professionals alike.'
Ian Hu, Principal, School of Sound Recording, Manchester (UK)

'Not one day has passed when I haven't turned to this book. It should be renamed "Sound Recording Bible".'
A reader,

'As a self-taught sound engineer and technician, I found the book extremely well written, easy to understand, and not biased towards a single application (such as PA or music). It has certainly helped to fill some gaps in my knowledge, particularly of why things are done in a certain way, rather than just how to do them.'
A reader,

'Definitely the best book on recording matters I have ever read... Something more than simply an introduction, it may be of great interest to everyone concerned with audio, sound and recording.'
A reader,

'A comprehensive and contemporary work that is eminently readable but never lightweight.'
Pro Sound News

'I can recommend that students should stay up past bedtime reading it.'
Ken Pohlmann, AES Journal

'This book will provide a vital source of information for those students or trainee engineers entering music recording.'
Studio Systems

'It provides clear and simple explanations for the basic concepts needed to understand the processes involved in recording. It also addresses most of the recent developments in surround sound and digital audio.' Jay Kadis, lecturer, Stanford University, USA

About the Author

Professor of Sound Recording at the University of Surrey (UK) and a Visiting Professor at the School of Music in Piteå (Sweden). Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and a regular contributor to the AES Journal.
Formerly Deputy Head of sound at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester (UK) and has since worked at Klark Teknik and the RSC.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Thomson on 25 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book at the start of my degree course and i would highly recommend it for beginners, as it explains everything in detail for you, it has helped me greatly in understanding how sound works and how we record today.It gives detailed diagrams throughout the book which makes it easy to explain the technical side of things.
Great book, would definately recommend this book, every sound student should own a copy .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samuel McCormack on 29 Oct. 2009
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This book is the only required reading material for my course in Audio Technology. I find it very informative and helpful in understanding auditory perception, recording techniques, etc. it basically provides what's in the title, an introduction to sound and recording. Well worth a read even if you're just interested in recording, although if you don't like physics I'd skip the first couple of chapters...
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great, is in good condition, no anotations would have like a slighty quicker service i ordered one from spain and came quicker but only by a day, and a attempt to remove the libary sticker would have been nice :) but is a great book good condtion and i am exiting to study in depth
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By Guoyu Shi on 13 Feb. 2015
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Really a shabby book! But the content is very detailed. Worth reading.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not a beginner's text at all!!! 27 Feb. 2007
By J. Douglas Benson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I teach a recording technology class at a community college, and we selected this book as a text based on the claims that it was a good beginner's manual. It is quite the opposite-- by the second page, the authors are already throwing in equations to represent the relationship between the frequency and wavelength of a sound-- crazy! The book is written by engineers, for engineers, and assumes that the reader is already well-read in electronics, physics, and advanced math! Also know that the work is British, so much of the terminology is different than what we use in the States. For example, proximity effect is "bass tip-up". Shotgun mics are "rifle mics". TRS plugs are "GPO" plugs, etc. The discussion of mixing boards zooms in immediately on features found only on very high-end studio boards, rather than the equipment to which a beginner might have access. The discussion of impedance focuses on how to represent values mathematically, rather than clearly explaining what is meant by "impedance" and why it is important. This book has ended up being absolutely useless as a beginner's text, and the publisher should not be representing it as such. We are abandoning it for something more beneficial to beginning students.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cheaper newer 9 Mar. 2007
By Alvaro Bofarull - Published on
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When most of the class was buying spain's IORTV translated fourth edition at retailed price 32 euros I recieve it from New Zeland just beneath my feet a few thosand miles away and upside down, the 38 euros fifth edition. Simply outstanding, these days the latest edition matters, specially on Sound and Recording.
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