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  • By Personne on January 24, 2011

    There are many professions that make up the field of audio. It is easy to have substantial experience in one area and know little about another. This compact volume makes a nice first reference for those unfamiliar terms that are inevitably tripped over.After a brief introduction to audio--likely to be skimmed by most readers--Brixen moves immediately into descriptions of the human auditory system, covers simple descriptions of how power and peak are computed, then then gets into more subtle measurement. Various weighting systems are described and then more sophisticated ways of calibrating measurement to human perception. Along the way, various standards and practices are described well: controlling documents are also mentioned for those who need greater detail. There are many standards, some for cinema, some for acousticians, some for recording engineers and some for legal bodies. Brixen provides many useful tables when it becomes necessary to translate from one standard to another. Math is included where necessary. Most is algebra with only a hint of calculus. The index is not an afterthought. Many topics are covered under more than one entry.There are a few places where the author expands his mandate, but this is hard to begrudge. There's a tidy description of matrixed surround sound, and a nice description of the AES3 specification. There are some good descriptions of reverberation, including critical distance calculations necessary for good location recording.The last generation to deal with analog equipment is on the threshold of retirement. Those experts in recording on optical tracks are even more rare. But their recordings will be the subject of restoration and repurposing for decades to come. Knowing something about the equipment, the calibration and the technical restrictions will be critical for upcoming generations to do their best work. Brixen's book deserves a spot on the bookshelf.

  • By Ssound on March 24, 2012

    This is a great book, it covers a lot of different topics. If you want to understand more about different formats, standards, scales, norms, metering, and the technical side of audio etc... this is the book for you.The only downside i would see in this book is that it seems that the author "assumes" that you already know a good deal of audio and basic electronics, so in some topics, stuff may be presented without any previous intro or explanation, in which case i can imagine that some people without that previous knowledge would get lost. However to be fair, the book is not very complicated, but like i said, it does require previous knowledge to fully understand all the concepts.I wouldnt recommend this book to a beginner, the book is 100% technical so theres no artistic approach or "tips & tricks" sections. The book is great for every audio professional, however the ones who will benefit the most are those who are involved with radio, tv, movies, audio forensics and such, but theres also a lot of info that even a hobby recordist should also know.Eventhough theres no complex math, the book is completely targeted at the audio engineer, and not so much to a musician.

  • By J. Peplinski on March 2, 2011

    I have to admit, I like listening to music but am not a composer or producer, so I was not that surprised when this book appeared to be in a foreign language to my uneducated eyes. I really got this for my brother, who has a masters degree in Music Composition from NYU, owns a small studio, and has been composing/producing music for over fifteen years. He has produced for rock bands, soundtracks, and in recent years he's really gotten into producing electronic dance music, so I thought this might give him some ideas and new techniques. Much to my dismay, he looked at the book and was completely mystified. He didn't understand it either!So what I'm saying is, if this book is even over HIS head, it's pretty advanced stuff. Definitely for professionals only, and even then you might want to do the "Look Inside" thing and make sure it's exactly what you're looking for before buying. Don't be like me and order it as a gift for someone who's really into music production! If they didn't specifically ask for it, it probably isn't what they want!Much apologies for giving 4 stars to a book that I can't even understand; I figured that's sort of neutral and won't drag the ratings down. NOT for the casual music production enthusiast, but could be really great stuff for the right person/purpose. Do a little more research than I did before purchasing.

  • By Guest on March 24, 2011

    This book is a compendium of information about audio metering standards and equipment. Brixen is an audio consultant based in Denmark. In this book, he begins he with a brief introduction to electrical representations of sounds. Then he goes on to describe different ways to quantify sound, including decibels, level perception, loudness, and various meters used to measure aspects of sound. Included in this book are short chapters on VU meters, PPM, calibration of meters, polarity and phase reading, surround sound, summation of audio signals, spectrum analyzers, and room acoustics measures. Each topic is covered in a short stand-alone chapter, and is illustrated with graphs, screen captures, or tables. A short bibliography is included at the end of each chapter. End material consists of a glossary of terms and an index.This book is written as a reference for sound engineers, with a particular emphasis on European standards and regulations. If you are looking for specifications for certain types of metering, you may find what you're looking for here. The technical level of the book and lack of hints about how the information could be put into practical use make the book rather impenetrable for general readers with an interest in acoustics.


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