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Books: Sound Engineering

A list of recommended books for those wanting to learn more about audio engineering...

Handbook for Sound Engineers, Fourth Edition
by Glen Ballou

Published in 2008. Expensive but very comprehensive. Used by many training institutions and the recipient of many glowing reviews by professional sound engineers. Recommended for serious students.

The Sound Reinforcement Handbook
by Gary Davis and Ralph Jones

This was one of the first books I used. It's quite old now (like me) but it has been revised and a lot of people still recommend it.

The Art of Mixing: A Visual Guide to Recording, Engineering, and Production
by David Gibson

A look at the subjective side of audio engineering. This book is fairly well recommended and many people swear that it changed their mixing skills forever. I should point out that not everyone loves this book and some people feel it is lacking in technical detail. If that doesn't bother you, it's probably a good punt.

The Recording Engineer's Handbook
by Bobby Owsinski

Published in 2009. Comes highly recommended. Covers all aspects of sound recording, with special attention to microphone selection and placement for a wide variety of instruments.

Sound Engineering Explained, Second Edition
by Michael Talbot-Smith

This book provides a semi-technical walkthrough of the engineering and recording process. A good primer for new students, but probably a bit too basic for advanced students.

Acoustics and the Performance of Music: Manual for Acousticians, Audio Engineers, Musicians, Architects and Musical Instrument Makers
by Jürgen Meyer

This book provides a thorough guide to the physics of acoustics and music generation. The first edition of this book received rave reviews and was considered a must-read for students of audio work. Unfortunately the second edition, while being praised for its useful updates, has received some negative reviews concerning the print quality.

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