Understanding Audio: Second Edition

Getting the Most Out of Your Project or Professional Recording Studio

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  • Suggested Retail Price: $29.99
  • Format: Book
  • Pages: 484
  • Dimensions: 8x10
  • ISBN: 9781495028755
  • SKU: 00148197
  • Publication Date: August 01, 2018

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Understanding Audio explores the fundamentals of audio and acoustics that impact every stage of the music recording process. Whether you are a musician setting up your first Pro Tools project studio, or you are a seasoned recording engineer or producer eager to find a reference that fills in the gaps in your understanding of audio, this book is for you.

Understanding Audio will enable you to develop a thorough understanding of the underlying principles of sound, and take some of the mystery and guesswork out of how equipment setup affects the quality of your recordings. Projects at the end of each chapter will assist you in applying these principles to your own recording environment.

Learn about:

  • Basic and advanced audio theory
  • Cables and studio wiring
  • Recording studio, console, and DAW signal flow
  • Digital and analog audio
  • Studio and listening room acoustics
  • Psychoacoustics, levels, and metering
  • “In the Studio” insights, relating audio principles to real recording situations

“This is probably the best primer on recording fundamentals and techniques that I’ve ever read. I wish I had a book that was this comprehensive when I started my career. It’s simple and easy to understand, and the diagrams are perfect. From basic audio principles to current digital technology, this book has something to offer everybody in the industry. This book should be a requirement for every entry-level engineering student.”

—Elliot Scheiner, Multi-GRAMMY®-winning Engineer and Producer (Steely Dan, The Eagles, Sting)

“A must for the musician/producer with a home studio. One of the best ‘how-to’ books available to help put you on the path toward fulfilling your career goals.”

—Don Puluse, Recording Engineer (Chicago, Sly & the Family Stone, Billy Joel)

“Presents clear explanations of technical audio topics ranging from microphones to loudspeakers. It concisely delivers the goods that you will need to make better audio recordings. Be sure to thank Thompson when you pick up your GRAMMY.”

—Ken Pohlmann, Author, Director of Music Engineering Technology, University of Miami


“With the updated edition of Understanding Audio by Daniel M. Thompson from Berklee Press, recording musicians of all backgrounds can have a better understanding of these principles and how they might impact their work. The book clearly explains basic and advanced audio theory, studio and listening room acoustics, cables and studio wiring, digital and analog audio, and more.”

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Daniel M. Thompson

Daniel M. Thompson is Assistant Chair of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. An independent writer/producer and…