The Audio Expert is a comprehensive reference that covers all aspects of audio, with many practical, as well as theoretical, explanations. Providing in-depth descriptions of how audio really works, using common sense plain-English explanations and mechanical analogies with minimal math, the book is written for people who want to understand audio at the deepest, most technical level, without needing an engineering degree. It's presented in an easy-to-read, conversational tone, and includes more than 400 figures and photos augmenting the text.

The Audio Expert takes the intermediate to advanced recording engineer or audiophile and makes you an expert. The book goes far beyond merely explaining how audio "works." It brings together the concepts of audio, aural perception, musical instrument physics, acoustics, and basic electronics, showing how they're intimately related. Describing in great detail many of the practices and techniques used by recording and mixing engineers, the topics include video production and computers. Rather than merely showing how to use audio devices such as equalizers and compressors, Ethan Winer explains how they work internally, and how they are spec'd and tested.

Most explanations are platform-agnostic, applying equally to Windows and Mac operating systems, and to most software and hardware. TheAudioExpertbook.com, the companion website, has audio and video examples to better present complex topics such as vibration and resonance. There are also videos demonstrating editing techniques and audio processing, as well as interviews with skilled musicians demonstrating their instruments and playing techniques.

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Part 1 Audio Defined

chapter 1|37 pages

Audio Basics

chapter 2|24 pages

Audio Fidelity, Measurements, and Myths

chapter 4|22 pages

Gozintas and Gozoutas

part |2 pages

Part 2 Analog and Digital Recording, Processing, and Methods

chapter 5|35 pages

Mixers, Buses, Routing, and Summing

chapter 6|37 pages

Recording Devices and Methods

chapter 7|30 pages

Mixing Devices and Methods

chapter 8|24 pages

Digital Audio Basics

chapter 9|20 pages

Dynamics Processors

chapter 10|24 pages

Frequency Processors

chapter 11|15 pages

Time Domain Processors

chapter 12|7 pages

Pitch and Time Manipulation Processors

chapter 13|9 pages

Other Audio Processors

chapter 14|36 pages


part |2 pages

Part 3 Transducers

chapter 15|25 pages

Microphones and Pickups

chapter 16|39 pages

Loudspeakers and Earphones

part |2 pages

Part 4 Room Acoustics, Treatment, and Monitoring

chapter 17|27 pages

Acoustic Basics

chapter 18|27 pages

Room Shapes, Modes, and Isolation

chapter 19|46 pages

Acoustic Treatment

chapter 20|22 pages

Room Measuring

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Part 5 Electronics and Computers

chapter 21|39 pages

Basic Electronics in 60 Minutes

chapter 22|15 pages

Test Procedures

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Part 6 Musical Instruments

chapter 23|28 pages

Musical Instruments