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Books for Sound Designers

 A comprehensive list of useful sound design and audio engineering texts

Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook

Master Handbook of Acoustics - Fifth Edition

Mixing a Musical - Shannon Slaton

Sound and Music for the Theatre - Deena Kaye, James LeBrecht

Show Networks and Control Systems - John Huntington

Sound Systems: Design and Operation - Bob McCarthy

Sound Reproduction - Loudspeakers and Rooms

Room Acoustics - Fifth Edition

Fundamentals of Acoustics - Fourth Edition

Audio Engineering: Know it All


Feel free to add more texts and/or provide links to PDF’s of the texts above if you have them! Lets help young designers and technicians like me get access to the education they want

Simple Existence (Acoustic Split)
State Champs
Simple Existence (Acoustic Split)

Simple Existence acoustic split - State Champs

The left channel is the studio version from The Acoustic Things and the right channel is an acoustic performance found here 

*Headphones highly recommended*

Hello, I am back. So this one was kinda hard as it was almost impossible to line up the guitars so there are some rough spots through out. I use headphones when I make these so I imagine it sounds awful without them, fair warning. Let me know what you guys think.  Also, I miss you boys and I can’t wait for the new album. I hope you like it and come back to CT soon <3 statechampsny

How Owls Could Quiet Wind Turbines and Planes

If you were a field mouse minding your own business and foraging for some food in the forest, the last creature you’d want to spot you would be an owl. The reason is simple–even as the bird of prey swooped down with talons open, you’d never hear it coming.

Owls have an impressive superpower in silent flight, made possible by specialized wings and feathers that disperse the sound of air rushing past them. Now an international research team says they have taken a tip from owls that could eventually lead to turbine blades and jet aircraft that produce significantly less noise.

“No other bird has this sort of intricate wing structure,” said University of Cambridge applied mathematician Nigel Peake. “Much of the noise caused by a wing – whether it’s attached to a bird, a plane or a fan – originates at the trailing edge where the air passing over the wing surface is turbulent. The structure of an owl’s wing serves to reduce noise by smoothing the passage of air as it passes over the wing – scattering the sound so their prey can’t hear them coming.” Learn more below.

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The New BMW 5 Series with M Performance Accessories

The new BMW 5 Series Sedan is raring to go for intense driving pleasure and perfectly prepared to meet all the challenges of modern mobility. The most athletic and innovative business sedan of its segment goes on the road in February 2017. Just a few weeks later, the BMW M Performance automobile eBMW M550i xDrive also lines up for the start, at the same time as the market launch of the BMW M Performance accessories that are available for all variants of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan. The retrofit components developed especially for the new BMW 5 Series Sedan drawing on BMW M GmbH expertise cover the areas of drive, suspension, aerodynamics and cockpit, enabling an individually tailored enhancement in terms of athletic visual style, agile driving response and sporty interior design.

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Imagine the Engineer being really sensitive to loud sounds. Which can be rather unfortunate in his line of work. Some days he can bear through the gunshots and shouts, but other days its too much. He used to wear earplugs, which seemed to work at first, until he realized he couldn’t hear his team mates around him. A pleasant balance was struck when Sniper saw his friend was having some problems and knew just the trick. The Australian gave him a pair of acoustic earmuffs and the Engineer was very grateful for some peace and relative quiet.

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3-D Printer Uses Light To Make Superstiff Materials

by Michael Keller

Engineers report they have made ultralight, ultrastiff materials using a light-based 3-D printing method. 

With a technique called projection microstereolithography, MIT and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers shine a pattern of light onto a pool of liquid resin to form precise lattice structures. This light hardens the liquid where it touches, building layer after layer until the object is completed. So far, the team has used the method to form tiny lattices made of polymer, metal and ceramic.

By determining the exact geometry of the diagonal, horizontal and vertical beams that make up the tiny latticework, the team can design tiny lightweight structures made mostly of air that are incredibly stiff. 

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In today’s interview we listen to sounds we wouldn’t normally hear–such as tadpoles ‘munching’ on a hydrophone or sand moving like an avalanche on a dune. Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox’s new book is called The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World. Here Cox explains thunder:

What’s amazing about thunder is when you hear it, it’s actually got that crack and then it’s got the rumble afterwards. As a kid, when you drew thunderstorms you would’ve drawn the lightning with that jagged line. If you didn’t have that jagged line, you wouldn’t have the rumble of the thunder.

… The visual look of lightning is really crucial to how the thunder sounds. … Each little kink is actually generating the sound, and … the sound takes different time to come from different kinks because they’re all slightly different distances from you. That’s the reason you get that very distinct rumble sound.

We’ve got some sounds from the interview here

Photograph by A. Rodriguez , My Shot via NatGeo

Chicago’s Sears Tower backlit by multiple bolts of lightning. The picture was taken August 4, 2008, during the severe thunderstorm that spawned several tornadoes in the Chicago area.