Audio Sciences

Focal Press: AES Presents...

Focal Press AES Presents

The "AES Presents" series is the result of an agreement between AES and Focal Press that paves the way for a joint series of publications on audio engineering. At least initially, principal authors and editors will be full AES members at the time of publication, and the majority of authors in contributed works will be AES members.

As a benefit of this agreement, AES members will receive a discount of 30% on all Focal Press books, using the code that can be found in the member portal, under "Member Discounts".

Interested in becoming an author for the series?

Contact Lara Zoble, Acquisitions Editor, Focal Press / Routledge.

Latest Releases

Toole
Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms, 3rd Ed.
Floyd Toole

The third edition of Toole's classic text explains the physical and perceptual processes that are involved in sound reproduction and demonstrates how to use the processes to create high quality listening experiences in stereo and multichannel formats. Understanding the principles of sound production is necessary to achieve the goals of sound reproduction in spaces ranging from home listening rooms to large cinemas. This revision brings new science-based perspectives on the performance of loudspeakers, room acoustics, measurements, and equalization, all of which need to be appropriately used to ensure the accurate delivery of music and movie sound tracks from creators to listeners. The robust website (www.routledge.cw.toole) is the perfect companion to this necessary resource.

 

Corey
Audio Production and Critical Listening, 2nd Ed.
Jason Corey, and David Benson

This latest edition develops your critical and expert listening skills, enabling you to listen to audio like an award-winning engineer. Featuring an accessible writing style, this new edition includes information on objective measurements of sound, technical descriptions of signal processing, and their relationships to subjective impressions of sound. It also includes information on hearing conservation, ear plugs, and listening levels, as well as bias in the listening process. The interactive web browser-based "ear training" software practice modules provide experience identifying various types of signal processes and manipulations. Working alongside the clear and detailed explanations in the book, this software completes the learning package that will help you train you ears to listen and really "hear" your recordings. This all-new edition has been updated to include: 

  • Audio and psychoacoustic theories to inform and expand your critical listening practice.
  • Access to integrated software that promotes listening skills development through audio examples found in actual recording and production work, listening exercises, and tests.
  • Cutting-edge interactive practice modules created to increase your experience.
  • More examples of sound recordings analysis.
  • New outline for progressing through the EQ ear training software module with listening exercises and tips

 

King
Recording Orchestra and Other Classical Music Ensembles
Richard King

Richard King's new book explores techniques and methodologies specific to recording classical music. Whether a newcomer or a seasoned engineer looking to refine their skills, this book speaks to all levels of expertise and covers every aspect of recording symphonic and concerto repertoire, opera, chamber music, and solo piano. With a focus on the orchestra as an instrument and sound source, this book features sections on how to listen, understanding microphones, concert halls, orchestra seating arrangements, how to set up the monitoring environment, and how to approach recording each section of the orchestra. Recording Orchestra provides concise information on preparing for a recording session, the role of the producer, mixing techniques, and includes a "quick-start" reference guide with suggested setups aimed at helping introduce the reader to the recording process. A companion website, featuring audio examples of various techniques, reinforces concepts discussed throughout the book. The content of the book includes:

  • Clear, practical advice in plain language from an expert in classical music recording, multiple Grammy award winning recording engineer, and university professor
  • The "secret of recording": a collection of practical recording techniques that have been proven to be highly successful in the field, on many occasions
  • Never before published information written by an industry veteran with over twenty five-years of experience in classical music recording
  • Specific techniques and strategies for recording orchestra, opera, wind symphony, chorus, string quartet, and other common classical music ensembles.

 

Newell
Recording Studio Design 4th Edition
Philip Newell

This new edition explains the key principles of successful studio design and construction using the straightforward language and the use of practical examples appreciated by readers of previous editions. Updated to reflect new industry standards, this fourth edition addresses improvements in cinema sound, with specific attention paid to B-chain electroacoustic response and calibration. Using over 50 years’ experience, author Philip Newell provides detail on the practical aspects of recording in various environments, not only exploring the complex issues relating to the acoustics but also providing real-world solutions. While the book touches on performing rooms, control rooms, and mobile studios, concepts of the infrastructures are also discussed, because no studio can perform optimally unless the technical and human requirements are adequately provided. In this new edition, sound for cinema provides a platform for discussing many, wider electroacoustic topics in a way that is relatively easy to visualise. The way in which sound and vision interact is an important aspect of many, modern, multimedia formats. The new edition includes:  

·       A new Chapter 22 that will thoroughly reflect recently published SMPTE investigations which will drastically impact standards for cinema sound
·       The inclusion of new academic research and its practical applications.
·       An entire, new, illustrated chapter on room construction principles.
·       The consolidation of ideas which were only emerging when the earlier editions were published.
 

 

Ballou

Handbook for Sound Engineers, 5th Edition

Edited by Glen Ballou

With contributions from many of the top professionals in the field, including Glen Ballou on interpretation systems, intercoms, assistive listening, and fundamentals and units of measurement, David Miles Huber on MIDI, Bill Whitlock on audio transformers and preamplifiers, Steve Dove on consoles, DAWs, and computers, Pat Brown on fundamentals, gain structures, and test and measurement, Ray Rayburn on virtual systems, digital interfacing, and preamplifiers, Ken Pohlmann on compact discs, and Dr. Wolfgang Ahnert on computer-aided sound system design and room-acoustical fundamentals for auditoriums and concert halls, the Handbook for Sound Engineers is a must for serious audio and acoustic engineers. Learn more...

About the Author

Glen Ballou is a graduate of General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Electrical Engineering. He has been a Syn-Aud-Con representative, has served as governor, convention chairman, papers chairman, and facilities chairman of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and has been a member for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). He has been a contributor to S&VC, Sound and Communications, and Church Production magazine on a variety of subjects. Glen is owner of Innovative Communications, a company that specializes in room acoustics and sound system design.

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