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Sound Systems: Design and Optimization: Modern Techniques and Tools for Sound System Design and Alignment

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With this definitive guide to sound reinforcement design and optimization, Bob McCarthy shares his expert knowledge and effective methodology developed from decades of field and teaching experience. This book is written for the field professional as well as the consultant or student, in a clear and easy-to-read style and illustrated with color diagrams and screenshots thro ...more
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Published February 5th 2007 by Focal Press (first published November 21st 2006)
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Nathan Lively
Jan 06, 2014 Nathan Lively rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: audio engineers, sound engineers, sound designers
I freely admit that I love this book. I’ve read Sound Systems: Design & Optimization cover to cover and use it as a reference on an ongoing basis. The first time I read the book, I was excited to learn that there are areas of audio that can be predicted and measured. It felt like all of a sudden invisible audio could be visualized and altered. Since then, I’ve felt a strong affinity for system tuning and have tried to bring it into my work whenever possible.

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Nathan Lively
It may sound like hyperbole, but I can divide my professional career pretty clearly by the time before I read this book and the time after. Before reading McCarthy's book I was using professional sound systems mainly by assumption, guessing, and what I had seen other people do. I was setting up stereo systems at every venue, measuring their performance with a stupid hand-held RTA, and optimizing with a single graphic EQ. Learning about how to apply the physics of sound to my work as an audio eng ...more
Benjamin
I'll always be "currently reading" this book: it teaches you just about everything you'd ever want to know about designing and optimizing a sound system. Questions about the physics of audio? The answers are here.
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