Since it was first published in 1991, The New Stereo Soundbook has gained recognition as an industry-standard reference and textbook for audio and recording professionals, students, and lay-enthusiasts. The second edition (1998) and now the third edition (2006) have added new material to the chapters on microphone techniques and updated the examination of multi-channel and surround sound.
This book's fourteen chapters explore the auditory and technical processes by which the "stereo illusion" is perceived, recorded, and reproduced, and trace the development of stereo from the 1881 experiments of Clement Ader through the latest concepts in surround-sound recording and home-theater presentation.
Numerous diagrams and photographs are employed to complement the conversational writing style. To augment the fourteen chapters, The New Stereo Soundbook also includes a comprehensive glossary, extensive references to other literature, and the complete text of Alan Blumlein's benchmark 1931 patent on stereo techniques. Even the Index has been lauded as a valuable reference resource in itself.
In his AES Journal review, John Eargle commented: "Psychoacoustical subjects are discussed throughout the book and add an important dimension that is not normally found in recording books... The book is a pleasure to read, primarily because it relies on graphical explanations rather than mathematical ones."
- Number of pages: 280
- Size: 8-5/8 x 11-1/4
- Weight: 1.1kg
- Paper: 80-lb. acid-free archival stock
- Text: Black ink on white paper
- Cover: Blue and Black on white hardcover
- ISBN: 978-0-9665162-1-0
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