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Broadcast sound technology

Author: Michael Talbot-Smith
Publisher: London ; Boston : Butterworths, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Intended to give clear and reasonably easy-to-read explanations of the underlying principles of modern audio technology. The professional audio field is covered in a simplified form so that technical  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Talbot-Smith
ISBN: 0408054425 9780408054423
OCLC Number: 21226504
Description: xii, 212 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Basic sounds - what are sound waves, the velocity of sound waves, wavelength; the behaviour of sound waves - reflection and diffraction, the inverse square law, decibels; aspects of hearing - the ear and the hearing process, the ear's response to different frequencies, loudness and the phon; harming and charming the ear - hearing impairment, pitch, harmonics, timbre, the fallibility of the ear; room or acoustics - sound insulation, room resonance; reverberation - reverberation time, sabine's formula, optimum reverberation times, sound absorbers; microphones - transducers, moving - coil microphones, ribbon microphones, electrostatic microphones, electret and r,f - electrostatic microphones, directional characteristics; phantom power - "standard phantom", "46 volt phantom", "a-b powering", "modulation lead powering"; loudspeakers - the radiating surface, the transducer, the enclosure, multiple unit loudspeakers, specialized loudspeakers, listening tests; basic stereo - how we locate sounds, creating artificial time-of-arrival differences, phase of stereo signals, production of stereo signals, coincident pair arrangements, coincident pairs and panpots-applications, spaced microphones, compatibility: the m and s signals, m/s microphones, headphones and stereo, transmission of stereo (radio); monitoring the audio signal - the dynamic range of an audio signal, zero level, the VU (volume unit) meter, the PPM (peak programme meter), other types of programme measuring device, stereo PPMs, interpreting stereo PPM readings; processing the audio signal - equalization, compressor/limiters, noise gates; sockets and symbols - jacks and sockets, symbols; sound desks - the basic functions of a sound desk, a typical channel, groups, output stages, echo, PA and foldback, pre-fade listen (PFL), clean feed, multiway working, deriving mono from stereo, communications, computer assisted mixing (CAM); digital audio - sampling, quantizing, bits (binary digits), bit-rate (bits per second), error detection; further digits - time division multiplex (TDM) bit-rate reduction, basic sound-in-syncs (SIS) , NICAM 788; analogue tape recording and reproduction - the recording process, the replay process, record and replay equalization, azimuth, full size professional machines, cassette machines, cartridge machines, track formats; digital recording and reproduction - principles of digital tape recording and replay, the DASH system, R-DAT, the future of tape recording, compact discs, over-sampling; noise reduction - dolby A, dolby B, dolby C, Dolby SR, dbx, telcom 04; public address - public address or sound reinforcement, requirements of pa, the problem of howlround, the choice of and siting of loudspeakers, choice of microphones, electrical processing of the audio signal, the PA mixer; more uses of digits.
Responsibility: Michael Talbot-Smith.

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