Best Reference Books – Sound and Sound Recording

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Sound and Sound Recording subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Sound and Sound Recording along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Sound and Sound Recording subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Sound and Sound Recording" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Sound and Recording: Applications and Theory” by Francis Rumsey and Tim McCormick

“Sound and Recording: Applications and Theory” Book Review: This book provides a solid grounding in both theory and industry practices in audio, sound and recording. It includes a coverage of immersive audio systems such as Dolby Atmos, Auro 3D and WFS along with recent developments in audio object coding. The book also contains sections on digital radio microphones, loudspeaker sensitivity issues and development and highly directional loudspeaker systems. In addition, new sections on recent developments in audio network device discovery and control and the Open Control Architecture are included. The book is useful for audio students and trainee engineers.

2. “Sound Recording Practice” by John Borwick

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“Sound Recording Practice” Book Review: The book covers all the aspects of sound recording, both technological and operational techniques. It includes a coverage of subjects from the studio to the final product. The book is both practical and up-to-date. This book comprehensively includes accounts of many rapid advances in recording techniques, computer-controlled equipment, new digital recording formats and the proliferation of consumer audio/video media. Radio, film, video and T.V. broadcasting are covered from the sound recording point of view. The book is useful for those interested in learning the practical aspects of sound recording.

3. “Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio (Sound On Sound Presents…)” by Mike Senior

“Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio (Sound On Sound Presents…)” Book Review: The book discusses how to achieve release-quality mixes even in the smallest studios by applying power-user techniques. The readers will be able to learn the subtle editing, arrangement and monitoring tactics which give industry insiders their competitive edge. The book helps to master the psychological tricks which protect the user from all the biggest rookie mistakes. The book helps in finding out where one doesn’t need to spend money, as well as how to make a limited budget really count. The book is useful for anyone pursuing music recording and mixing as a career and life-long hobby.

4. “Prohibiting Piracy of Sound Recordings: Hearings Before Subcommittee No” by United States Committee on Th Judiciary

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“Prohibiting Piracy of Sound Recordings: Hearings Before Subcommittee No” Book Reviews: This book is an excerpt from Prohibiting Piracy of Sound Recordings: Hearings Before Subcommittee No; 3 of the Committee on the Judiciary. The focus is on an act to amend title 17 of the United States Code to provide for the creation of a limited copyright in sound recordings for the purpose of protecting against unauthorized duplication and piracy of sound recording, and for other purposes. The purpose of legislation is to attack the subject of record piracy, whose cost, it is alleged, in loss of legitimate sales for 1970 is estimated at $100 million, by granting a limited copyright to authors of sound recordings.

5. “Sound Recording for Films – The History and Development of Sound Recording” by Arthur Pereira

“Sound Recording for Films – The History and Development of Sound Recording” Book Review: This book provides a thorough introduction to the fascinating field of recording, editing, mixing and exhibiting film and television sound. It strikes a fine balance between aesthetic and technical content, combining theory and practice to approach sound as both an art and a science. It also provides a detailed historical background of the sound recording and how it was done in films. The book provides a solid grounding in all aspects of the sound process. Basic principles are presented with illustrations demonstrating how they affect the day-to-day activities on a film or television set, in the editing room, and in the mix room. The real-world examples of key concepts are also presented in the book.

6. “Production Sound Mixing: The Art and Craft of Sound Recording for the Moving Image (The CineTech Guides to the Film Crafts)” by John J Murphy

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“Production Sound Mixing: The Art and Craft of Sound Recording for the Moving Image (The CineTech Guides to the Film Crafts)” Book Review: This book offers a step by step collaborative journey through the basic physics of sound. It concludes with a practical guide of the latest techniques and equipment available. Each chapter begins with an audio problem to be solved and ends with a solution drawn from information gleaned from past chapters. Suggested movie scenes that demonstrate the relevant audio techniques will also be included. The book is a valuable learning source for those who are interested in the best audio for using in their projects.

7. “Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording” by David Grubbs

“Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording” Book Review: This book argues that following Cage, new genres in experimental and avant-garde music in the 1960s were particularly ill suited to be represented in the form of a recording. These activities include indeterminate music, long-duration minimalism, text scores, happenings, live electronic music, free jazz, and free improvisation. The book addresses how present-day listeners are coming to know that era’s experimental music through the recorded artifacts of composers and musicians who largely dislike recordings.

8. “Sound Recording – The Life Story of a Technology” by David L Morton

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“Sound Recording – The Life Story of a Technology” Book Review: The book discusses that sound recording traces the history of the business boom and the cultural revolution that Edison’s invention made possible. Recorded sound has pervaded nearly every facet of modern life-not just popular music, but also mundane office dictation machines, radio and television programs, and even telephone answering machines. Just as styles of music have evolved, so too have the formats through which sound has been captured-from 78s to LPs, LPs to cassette tapes, tapes to CDs, and on to electronic formats. These topics are discussed with the help of case studies to help the students understand the subject in a practical manner. The book is useful for those interested in learning the historical overview of sound recording technology.

9. “Traditional Anglo-American Folk Music: An Annotated Discography of Published Sound Recordings (Routledge Library Editions: Folk Music)” by Norm Cohen

“Traditional Anglo-American Folk Music: An Annotated Discography of Published Sound Recordings (Routledge Library Editions: Folk Music)” Book Review: This book fills a gap in the sound recordings of traditional Anglo-American folk music and covers both vocal and instrumental material from the 1920s to the 1990s. The listings have also been limited to performers native to the tradition rather than “revival” performers. The album selection is grouped into field recordings and commercial (pre-1942) recordings, with subdivisions into individual recordings or anthologies. The book provides an in-depth knowledge of Anglo-American folk music’s historical development. The book is useful for those looking for understanding in traditional anglo-americal folk music.

10. “Sound Check: The Basics of Sound and Sound Systems” by Tony Moscal

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“Sound Check: The Basics of Sound and Sound Systems” Book Review: This book is a simplified guide that explains techniques and tricks to getting good sound. It starts with an easy-to-understand explanation of the principles and physics of sound and Sound Check. Then the book goes on to cover amplifiers, speaker hookup, matching speakers with amps, sound reinforcement, mixers, monitor systems, grounding and more. The book includes many diagrams, topics are explained with the help of illustrations. The book also includes a glossary of audio terms. The book is useful for those who want to understand the basics of sound and sound systems.

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