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Product details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (17 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780240516677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240516677
  • ASIN: 0240516672
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In all, the book promotes a good understanding of the principles and precesses involved with recording or reproducing audio, in a well written manner by an author who has obviously trodden the road many times."
Lighting & Sound

'I highly recommend this book to students preparing for Part 1 of the City & Guilds programme in Sound Engineering (1820).'
John Mizzi

Reviews of the previous edition:

'...a light, informative and well-crafted book.'
A teacher of sound recording

'This is one of those books that tells you a little more than you thought you knew, even if you thought you knew quite a bit! There are also some good sections where the author politely and effectively debunks possible preconceptions that readers might have...Recommended.'
Journal of Educational Media, 1999


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Initially, the book was purchased to help support an Audio Technology module I was studying at university. Due to its simple explanation, the book became my first port of call for each new topic that was looked at, and thus gave a solid foundation of understanding before tackling complex audio engineering books.

"Sound Engineering Explained" is an excellent source for students looking for a clear and simple understanding of Audio Technology. Although the small book might be a bit pricey, it helped me pass the module with a result that was the second highest on the course! Definetly recommended to those who lack knowledge in the sound engineering arena.
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This book was written in 1997 and last updated in 2002. It seems cassette tapes were still popular then.

Although it gives simple explanations of the basic topics, it fails when it comes to digital. The mechanics of the new fangled CD are explained, in more detail than is relevant (it's not a physics text book). Mini-discs might yet take the world by surprise, and there are three whole sentences describing the "affordable solid state recording...that is MP3" *

Whilst an interesting read for the absolute beginner, it's not worth the money in my opinion. There aren't many pages, there isn't enough depth to the core subjects and the conversational writng style doesn't work for me. The later sections could also use the skills of a professional proof reader. Check that there's not a copy in your local library before you buy!

* [Sound Engineering Explained, p. 159, M Talbot-Smith]
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The book delivered what I expected. It is a technical book but the information is explained in a begginer's languaje. It includes practical tips and a list of other recommended titles to further increase knowledge in the subject.
I am very happy.
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Bought this book for my partner Niklas who has successfully published his music on myspace. thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very comprehensive book... 29 Jan. 2006
By Victor Marak - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives a very good insight as to the different aspects of sound engineering in a semi technical albeit basic approach. The various theories like microphones, stereo, mixing, PA, basic acoustics and the like are covered here. It is a more practical approach to engineering, where many of the details wouldn't help in a real recording session. Geeks would be better looking for some other title as the details aren't very technical in a numbers and facts sort of way, it is more of a descriptive style.

This would be a great primer for sound engineering students. Overall I think I got the idea as to what are the specifics that are required to be known in order to be a sound engineer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, very clear basic text 2 Feb. 2013
By David Kn. - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a technically trained person, but in another discipline entirely. I knew almost nothing about sound engineering when I started reading this book, but I had gotten involved with a amateur, community, internet radio station (Occupy Boston Radio). This book gave very clear explanations of the basics and beyond. It was incredibly helpful. It is rare to find a technical book that doesn't assume people fall into one of two classes: experts, or complete idiots. This book assumes you are a smart person, who just doesn't happen to know this stuff, yet. Perfect!
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing Chapters 15 Oct. 2014
By michael baca - Published on Amazon.com
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The first few chapters of the book are missing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 Dec. 2014
By Mako - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book thanks
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