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Old 10-10-2012, 07:26 AM
Barfunkel Barfunkel is offline
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Recommended books about sound system design?

Hello, new member here with a question I've been wondering about:

I'm interested in designing and building sound systems. I'm studying electronics at the moment, so soldering, designing and building circuit diagrams and PCB's etc etc is not a problem.

I'm lacking, however, a good source on the specific subject of practical sound system designing and building.

I already own a book called Sound System Engineering, which frankly, goes a bit over my head with my current level of knowledge. It's mostly a math book, with no real life examples or instructions on how to choose materials, components etc etc. Not saying it's a bad book, it's just not something a beginner like me could easily comprehend.

So, are there any other books or resources I should look for? Something practical, with plenty of examples. Or is sound system building a black art that can only be really learned by getting a master of the subject to personally teach you?
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:27 AM
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I would suggest reading every single thread on this forum. So much information that comes from actual experiences of people in the industry.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:50 AM
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I have actually read this forum for a long time, only registered a few days ago.

In my experience, forums are great if you have one very specific question in mind, but for a generic overview of a subject they're much worse than books. The information is so scattered around, a sentence here, a sentence there, it's difficult to get good, detailed, in-depth explanation of a subject by reading thousands of short posts, most of which contain inaccurate or inadequate information.

I don't have any specific question really, I want to know tons of stuff about everything sound system-related.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:32 AM
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To the book issue, the one you have will be helpful... but if your looking for club sound info your out of luck. From my limited knowledge most of the people who are great at it, learned from working with someone else, or learned by trial & error along the way. There's many books on touring/concert sound, but nothing helpful for club installs.
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:52 AM
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If you are looking for a really good overall guide book that has been basically been around for eons it would be the Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook. As one of the comments said, "There aren't many things that recording engineers agree on - every single audio engineer I've met learned something from reading the Sound Reinforcement handbook". I have learnt a lot of stuff from this book and still refer to it every now and then.

http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Reinforc.../dp/0881889008
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:40 AM
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There is a JBL handbook on the net for free. You could start with that one. Then there is "Sound System Engineering" by Don Davis, which might be the one you are referring to and I think the best up to date book is "Sound Systems: Design and Optimization" by Bob McCarthy. I can only recommend this book.

Additionally I would work through academic books about physical and technical acoustics and electroacoustics, as well as room acoustics. Also knowing the basics of loudspeaker design is helpfull. I guess Dickason is the classic in this field. Then you should go into digital signal processing to understand controllers, converters and measurung systems.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:28 AM
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get a good book on audio mastering too

knowing how it goes in is a good place to figure out how its gonna come out

mastering audio by bob katz is a good start
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:35 AM
Fred Bissnette Fred Bissnette is offline
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heres the yamaha book

http://www.2shared.com/document/jqoY...rcement_H.html


read this too its classic
http://www.acoustilog.com/disco1.html


nothing will train you better than running systems , get yourself a small pa like 4 subs 4 tops and do sound for bands youll quickly learn a lot hehe after that club sound should be strait forward.

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