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Master Handbook of Acoustics, Sixth Edition

The most complete and current guide to architectural acoustics principles and practices Design and construct audiophile-quality sonic environments of all sizes--from home theaters and project studios to large-scale recording studios. Thoroughly revised to include new acoustical design techniques, Master Handbook of Acoustics, Sixth Edition, explains the art and science of room acoustics and architecture by combining theoretical instruction with matter-of-fact engineering advice. Written by renowned experts in the field and refined through several editions, this fully updated classic describes the fundamentals of acoustical properties, as well as the latest solutions to acoustical problems. Throughout, this authoritative text provides clear explanations, describes hands-on techniques, and features numerous room designs that can be built as presented, or adapted to your particular needs. Understand how sound waves travel in free fields and in enclosed spaces Learn how human sound perception and psychoacoustics affect room design Calculate and predict reflections, reverberation times, and room modes Perform acoustical measurements and site surveys, and choose construction materials Design, build, and install treatment modules to optimize early reflections, reverberation, and diffusion Design and build home theaters, home studios, control rooms, recording studios, and other acoustically sensitive spaces Reduce HVAC noise levels, and achieve excellent sound isolation with proven wall, window, and door designs Understand the acoustics of auditoriums and concert halls Utilize the supplied cost-effective plans and specifications for a variety of recording and listening rooms
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Fundamentals of Sound 2. Sound Levels and the Decibel 3. Sound in the Free Field 4. The Perception of Sound 5. Signals, Speech, Music, and Noise 6. Reflection 7. Diffraction 8. Refraction 9. Diffusion 10. Comb-Filter Effects 11. Reverberation 12. Absorption 13. Modal Resonances 14. Schroeder Diffusers 15. Adjustable Acoustics 16. Control of Interfering Noise 17. Noise Control in Ventilating System 18. Acoustic Design of Home Listening Rooms 19. Acoustics of Small Recording Studios 20. Personal Project D.J. Studio 21. Acoustics of Control Rooms 22. Acoustics of Audio/Video Rooms 23. Acoustics of Large Halls 24. Room Acoustics Measurement Software 25. Room Auralization Bibliography Appendix Glossary Index

About the Author

F. Alton Everest, a leading expert and authority in the field of acoustics, was an emeritus member of the Acoustical Society of America, a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and life fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. Ken C. Pohlmann (Miami, FL) was director of the Music Engineering Technology program and is professor emeritus at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. He is the author of Principles of Digital Audio, Sixth Edition and coauthor of Handbook of Sound Studio Construction, Second Edition.

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