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Handbook For Sound Studio Construction : Rooms for Recording and Listening - Ken Pohlmann

Handbook For Sound Studio Construction

Rooms for Recording and Listening

Paperback Published: 27th November 2012
ISBN: 9780071772747
Number Of Pages: 352

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Practical coverage of the latest sound studio construction techniques and components

Master Handbook of Sound Studio Construction provides expert advice and detailed examples for anyone contemplating the construction or renovation of an acoustically sensitive room. The first part of the book offers specific details on 10 types of rooms, including recording studios, control rooms, and home theaters. The remainder of the book contains several tutorial chapters on acoustics-related topics, such as wall and floor construction and heating and ventilation. Information on dozens of manufacturers and companies involved in the acoustic and home studio industry is included. This book is the perfect companion to Master Handbook of Acoustics..

Master Handbook of Sound Studio Construction covers:

  • Acoustic designs for 10 different types of rooms
  • Modern acoustic modules
  • Surround-sound playback
  • Webcasting, noise control, and sound isolation, reflectors and reverberation, acoustic doors and sound locks, Live End-Dead End control rooms, and electrical wiring and grounding
  • Applications such as video gaming
  • The effects of home furnishings on small-room acoustics
  • Subwoofers, soundbars, and in-wall speakers
  • How to upgrade and improve performance of an existing home theater room
  • Up-to-date design that reflect today’s trends in architectural acoustics
  • Products and materials from diverse manufacturers

In-depth coverage
Introduction to Room Design; Announce Booth; Recording Studio for Classical Music; Recording Studio for Popular Music; Recording Studio with Variable Acoustics; Control Rooms; Audio/Video/Film Workroom; Teleconference Room; Home Personal Project Studio; Home Media Room; Home Theater; Site Selection and Noise Control; Sound Diffusing Materials; Sound Absorbing Materials; Sound Reflecting Materials; Wall Construction; Floor/Ceiling Construction; Windows and Doors; HVAC System; Room Performance and Evaluation

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This is a good book. It is comprehensive in terms of what is covered and gives a lot of good templates and theory to use. Just be aware though that more specialized approaches to studio construction will require in-depth knowledge in an area related to that activity. For example doing construction on professional studios is best left for professionals who do this for a living. All in all though, a lot of good material to go through but if you really want a proper understanding then look at each part and find resources that specialize in that activity.

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Handbook of Sound Studio Construction

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Prefacep. xiii
Introduction to Room Acousticsp. 1
Importance of Room Acousticsp. 2
Sound Outdoorsp. 3
Sound Indoorsp. 4
Direct Sound and Indirect Soundp. 4
Small-Room Acousticsp. 4
Room Isolationp. 5
Room Treatmentp. 6
Human Perception of Soundp. 7
Acoustical Designp. 8
Acoustical Design Procedurep. 9
A Note on the Room Design Examplesp. 11
Sound-Reflecting Materialsp. 13
Sound Wavelength and Reflectionsp. 14
Reflection and Room Geometryp. 15
Calculating Reflectionsp. 16
The Precedence Effectp. 18
Reverberation-Time Equationp. 19
Reverberation-Time Measurementsp. 20
Sound-Absorbing Materials and Structuresp. 23
Absorption Guidelinesp. 24
Room Geometry and Treatmentp. 24
Sound Absorption Coefficientp. 25
Noise Reduction Coefficientp. 27
Standard Mounting Terminologyp. 27
Porous Absorbersp. 28
Glass Fiberp. 28
Mineral Woolp. 29
Density of Absorbentp. 29
Space behind Absorbent and Thickness of Absorbentp. 30
The Area Effectp. 32
Ceiling-Mounted Absorptionp. 33
Acoustical Tilep. 33
Glass-Fiber Absorber Panelsp. 33
Bass Trapsp. 35
Panel Absorbersp. 35
Polycylindrical Absorbersp. 39
Absorption of Drywall Constructionp. 39
Helmholtz Resonatorsp. 40
Perforated Panel Absorbersp. 40
Slat Absorbersp. 45
Multipurpose Absorbersp. 47
Prefabricated Sound Absorbersp. 47
Open-Cell Foamsp. 48
Sonexp. 48
Are Glass Fibers Dangerous to Health?p. 48
Diffusing Materials and Structuresp. 53
Sound Diffusionp. 53
Low-Frequency Diffusionp. 54
Role of Diffusers in Room Designp. 55
Diffusion by Geometric Shapesp. 57
The Polycylindrical Diffuserp. 57
Reflection Phase Gratingsp. 59
Specular Reflection Theoryp. 60
Reflection Phase Grating Theoryp. 61
The Quadratic-Residue Diffuserp. 64
The Primitive-Root Diffuserp. 64
Fractalsp. 64
The Diffusion Coefficientp. 67
Commercially Available Reflection Phase Grating Diffusersp. 67
The QRD-734 Quadratic-Residue Diffuserp. 67
The Formedffusorp. 68
The FRG Omniffusorp. 68
The FlutterFree Diffuserp. 70
Room Modes and Room Geometryp. 73
Room Cutoff Frequencyp. 73
Resonances in Tubesp. 75
Resonances in Roomsp. 78
Axial, Tangential, and Oblique Modesp. 80
Room Mode Equationp. 81
Graphing Room Modesp. 85
Experiments with Modesp. 89
Modal Distribution in Nonrectangular Roomsp. 89
Modal Width and Spacingp. 90
"Optimal" Room Proportionsp. 92
Practical Limitationsp. 94
Sound Isolation and Site Selectionp. 95
Sound Isolationp. 95
Transmission Lossp. 97
Insulation versus Isolationp. 98
Sound Transmission Class (STC)p. 98
Room Noise Reductionp. 100
The Mass Lawp. 100
The Coincidence Effectp. 101
Lead-Loaded Vinylp. 102
Sound Leaks and Flankingp. 102
Other Potential Problemsp. 104
Checklist of Building Materialsp. 104
Locating a Studiop. 106
Floor Plan Considerationsp. 109
Locating a Space within a Frame Structurep. 109
Locating a Space within a Concrete Structurep. 110
Wall Construction and Performancep. 111
Walls as Effective Noise Barriersp. 112
The Mass Law and Wall Designp. 112
Wall Designs for Efficient Insulationp. 116
Improving an Existing Wallp. 118
Flanking Soundp. 120
Gypsum Board Walls as Sound Barriersp. 120
Masonry Walls as Sound Barriersp. 121
Weak Linksp. 124
Summary of STC Ratingsp. 125
Floor/Ceiling Construction and Performancep. 127
Data on the Footfall Noise Problemp. 127
Floor/Ceiling Structures and Their EC Performancep. 129
Frame Buildingsp. 130
Resilient Hangersp. 131
Floating Floorsp. 133
Attenuation by Concrete Layersp. 134
Plywood Web versus Solid Wood Joistsp. 135
Window and Door Construction and Performancep. 139
The Observation Windowp. 140
The Single-Pane Windowp. 140
The Double-Pane Windowp. 141
Acoustical Holesp. 142
Acoustical Holes: Coincidence Resonancep. 145
Acoustical Holes: Standing Waves in the Cavityp. 146
Effect of Glass Mass and Spacingp. 147
Effect of Dissimilar Panesp. 148
Effect of Laminated Glassp. 148
Effect of Plastic Panesp. 149
Effect of Slanting the Glassp. 149
Effect of a Third Panep. 149
Effect of Cavity Absorbentp. 149
Thermal Glassp. 150
Weak Windows (or Doors) in a Strong Wallp. 150
Example of an Optimized Double-Pane Windowp. 151
Construction of an Observation Windowp. 152
Proprietary Observation Windowsp. 153
Studio Doorsp. 153
Sound-Lock Corridorp. 156
Noise Control in HVAC Systemsp. 157
Selection of Noise Criteriap. 157
Fan Noisep. 159
HVAC Machinery Noisep. 160
Plumbing Noisep. 161
Air Velocity and Aerodynamic Noisep. 162
HVAC Noise Attenuatorsp. 163
Lined Ductp. 164
Lined Duct with Blocked Line-of-Sightp. 166
Lined Duct and Length Effectp. 166
Plenum Chambersp. 167
Lined Elbowsp. 168
Diffusersp. 168
Reactive Expansion Chamberp. 168
Tuned Stubp. 170
Silencersp. 171
Active Noise Cancellationp. 171
Natural System Attenuationp. 171
Ductwork Designp. 172
Room Performance and Evaluationp. 175
Sound-Level Metersp. 175
Spectrum Analyzersp. 178
The Noise Surveyp. 180
Environmental Noise Assessmentsp. 182
Measurement and Testing Standardsp. 184
Recommended Practicesp. 184
Noise Criteria Contoursp. 185
Relating Noise Measurements to Constructionp. 187
Evaluation of Room Acoustics: Objective Methodsp. 190
Evaluation of Room Acoustics: Subjective Methodsp. 191
Articulation Index and the Spoken Wordp. 193
Room Reflections and Psychoacousticsp. 197
Room Modelingp. 198
Recording Studio for Pop Musicp. 199
Design Criteriap. 200
Floor Planp. 200
Wall Sectionsp. 200
Section D-Dp. 200
Section E-Ep. 203
Sections F-F and G-Gp. 203
Drum Boothp. 204
Vocal Boothp. 205
Studio Treatment: North Wallp. 207
Studio Treatment: South Wallp. 207
Studio Treatment: East Wallp. 208
Studio Treatment: West Wallp. 209
Studio Treatment: Floor and Ceilingp. 209
Sound-Lock Corridorp. 209
Reverberation Timep. 209
Bafflesp. 211
Recording Studio for Classical Musicp. 213
Design Criteriap. 213
Reverberation Timep. 213
Diffusion in the Recording Studiop. 214
Studio Designp. 215
Acoustical Treatmentp. 217
Wall Panel Absorbersp. 218
Ceiling Treatmentp. 218
Reverberation-Time Calculationsp. 219
Air Absorptionp. 221
Initial Time-Delay Gapp. 222
Comments on Designp. 223
Voice Studiop. 225
Design Criteria: Isolationp. 225
Design Criteria: Room Sizep. 226
Design Criteria: Room Shapep. 226
Axial-Mode Study of Selected Roomp. 226
Acoustical Treatmentp. 228
Early Reflectionsp. 228
The Soft Option and Hard Optionp. 229
Diffusionp. 230
Mode Controlp. 230
Studio Design: Soft Optionp. 230
Studio Design: Hard Optionp. 232
Reverberation-Time Calculationsp. 233
Reverberation Time: Soft Optionp. 233
Reverberation Time: Hard Optionp. 233
Sound Field Responsep. 235
Comments on Designp. 236
Control Roomp. 237
Early Reflectionsp. 237
Combing of Early Reflectionsp. 238
Examples of Comb Filteringp. 238
Reflection-Free Zonep. 240
Loudspeaker Mountingp. 241
Two-Shell Control Roomsp. 241
Design Criteriap. 241
Design Example A: Control Room with Rectangular Wallsp. 242
Design Example B: Double-Shell Control Room with Splayed Wallsp. 243
Design Example C: Single-Shell Control Room with Splayed Wallsp. 246
Announce Boothp. 249
Design Criteria: Isolationp. 249
The Small-Room Problemp. 250
Design Example A: Traditional Announce Boothp. 252
Design Example A: Axial Modesp. 252
Design Example A: Reverberation Timep. 253
Design Example B: Announce Booth with TubeTrapsp. 255
Design Example B: Techron TEF Measurementsp. 258
Design Example B: Reverberation Timep. 258
Design Example C: Announce Booth with Diffusersp. 260
Design Example C: Reverberation Timep. 262
Design Example C: Evaluationp. 265
Comparison of Design Examples A, B, and Cp. 265
Audio/Video/Film. Workroomp. 267
Audio Fidelity and Near-Field Monitoringp. 267
Axial-Mode Considerationsp. 268
Monitor Loudspeakers and Early Soundp. 268
Late Soundp. 270
Reverberation Timep. 273
Workbenchp. 273
Mixing Engineer's Workstationp. 276
Lightingp. 277
Background Noise Levelp. 277
Video Displayp. 277
Teleconference Roomp. 279
Design Criteriap. 279
Shape and Size of the Roomp. 279
Floor Planp. 280
Ceiling Planp. 281
Elevation Viewsp. 281
Reverberation Timep. 282
Home Studiop. 287
Home Acoustics: Modesp. 287
Home Acoustics: Reverberationp. 288
Home Acoustics: Noise Controlp. 288
Studio Design Budgetp. 289
Studio Treatmentp. 289
Studio Design: Initial Treatmentp. 292
Studio Design: Intermediate Treatmentp. 293
Studio Design: Comprehensive Treatmentp. 294
Recording in the Studiop. 295
Garage Studiop. 295
Home Listening and Media Roomp. 299
Low-Frequency Responsep. 299
Modes in Typical Roomsp. 300
Mode Spacingp. 301
Low-Frequency Peaks and Nullsp. 301
Effects of Room Sizep. 304
Loudspeaker Positioningp. 305
Acoustical Treatment for the Listening Roomp. 305
Identification of Early Reflectionsp. 306
Psychoacoustical Effects of Reflectionsp. 307
Examples of Listening Room Treatmentp. 307
Listening Room Design: Initial Treatmentp. 307
Listening Room Design: Intermediate Treatmentp. 308
Listening Room Design: Comprehensive Treatmentp. 309
Background Noisep. 309
Home Theaterp. 311
Locating the Home Theaterp. 311
Home Theater Planp. 312
Early Reflections and Their Effectsp. 314
Controlling Early Reflectionsp. 315
Other Treatment Detailsp. 316
The Listening Environmentp. 318
Reverberation Timep. 320
Appendix: Selected Absorption Coefficientsp. 323
Glossaryp. 325
References and Resourcesp. 337
Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9780071772747
ISBN-10: 007177274X
Series: Electronics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27th November 2012
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1

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