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Here's a list of books and tools that we have selected for the audio professionals. We make a small commission through Amazon's associates program (you pay the same price), so we'd appreciate if you ordered the items (or anything else that you were going to buy from Amazon anyway) using the links below. If you do not see an item that you like, use our link to Amazon anyway. Click on the UK or USA flag if you want to buy from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com. Some items may not be available from the UK. Also, remember that Amazon will keep your shopping cart in memory, so if you would like to buy more than one book listed below, click on each product that you want. You can also purchase promotional materials here.

Books

Live and Installed Sound

Acoustics

Studio

 Miscelaneous

Audio Electronics

Enclosure Building

Handy Tools

Tools: Gerber, Leatherman

Maglites

 

BOOKS

 

 

Live and Installed Sound
JBL Audio Engineering for Sound Reinforcement (John Eargle and Chris Foreman)
The 29-chapter book falls into four broad sections. Section One "Fundamentals" discusses the basics of acoustics, psycho-acoustics, electrical concepts and digital processing. Section Two, "System Components" is concerned with the equipment used, including microphones, consoles, amplifiers, signal processing and loudspeakers. Section Three "System Design" is about the technical as well as practical sides of system design. "Applications " Section Four ties it all together with detailed descriptions of several types of sound systems.
Sound Systems: Design and Optimization, First Edition : Modern Techniques and Tools for Sound System Design and Alignment (Bob McCarthy)
Bob McCarthy shares his expert knowledge and effective methodology from years of teaching audio professionals. Written in a clear and easy-to-read style and illustrated with color diagrams and screenshots throughout, it gives you all the newest techniques. Clear, in-depth coverage on sound system alignment and design with this unique and practical guide. Offers you expert guidance on the popular tools of the trade.  Colour images and diagrams throughout aid understanding and clearly illustrate topics within the book. Paperback.
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Sound System Engineering 3rd ed. (Don Davis and Eugene Patronis)
The 3rd edition of classical "yellow book" by the founders of SynAudCon. "Explains how to predict accurately such variables as acoustic gain, speech intelligibility, and the required electrical input power while the plans are still on the drawing board." Very mathematically oriented. Find the second edition by Don and Carolyn Davis on the following links for UK and the USA. 
cover cover Sound Reinforcement Handbook (Gary Davis)
The classic "Yamaha book". Deals through sound reinforcement topics step by step with a minimum of math. Highly recommended.
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Sound Check : The Basics of Sound Systems (Tony Moscal) cover cover Audio Systems Design and Installation (Phillip Giddings)
A good reference book for installers, containing information on practicalities such as grounding, cable and conduit you will not normally find on audio books. Not light reading!
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Live Sound Reinforcement (Scott Hunter Stark).
A beginner's guide to sound reinforcement.

 

cover cover Sound Reinforcement Engineering (Wolfgang Ahnert)
Hard science from the man behind the EASE software. Amazon: "A state-of-the-art review of sound reinforcement problems and solutions. Provides the acoustical and audio engineer with a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals and applications of sound reinforcement engineering."

 

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Audio Systems Technology,
Level I
(edited by Jim Brawley)
"NSCA's Audio Systems Technology: Handbook for Installers and Engineers, Level I is a one-stop information source for today's audio technician. It can be used as a study guide to prepare for NICET audio technician certification exams, as well as a comprehensive reference for the installer of audio systems - both out in the field and at the bench."
cover cover Audio Systems Technology,
Level II
(edited by Jim Brawley)
"An intermediate level text and reference designed to correspond with Level II work elements on the NICET audio technician certification exam. Coverage includes business communications, math and measures, audio and acoustics, codes and safety, wiring, AC circuit theory, specifications, components, loudspeaker systems, and maintenance."
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Audio Systems Technology,
Level III

This preparation guide for the advanced level NICET certification exam covers intermediate audio calculations and acoustics, codes and standards, circuits and grounding, systems components, loudspeaker systems, troubleshooting and testing, systems design, systems equalization and alignment, and project management.
cover cover Audio Engineer's Reference Book (edited by Michael Talbot-Smith)
The 43 contributions are arranged into seven chapters: basic principles, acoustics and acoustic devices, recording and reproduction, digital equipment, studio and their facilities, distribution of audio signals, and miscellaneous topics. The second edition reflects new developments in digital audio and transmission technology.
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Guide to Sound Systems for Worship (edited by Jon. F. Eiche)
Another "Yamaha" book, another useful book for beginners, this time for church sound.
cover cover Live Sound for Musicians (Rudy Trubitt)
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Audio Wiring Guide: How to wire the most popular audio and video connectors (John Hechtman)
"The Audio Wiring Guide is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that explains exactly what you need to know. No matter the size of your wiring project or installation, this handy tool provides you with the essential information you need and the techniques to use it."
cover cover Live Sound: PA for Performing Musicians (Peter Buick)
Covers small, fixed and mobile systems, monitor mixing, effects, case studies. "Hands-on approach covers choice and use of microphones, direct injection, mixing, monitoring and foldback, automation and MIDI, effects - EQ, compressors, reverb and delay."
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Concert Sound and Lighting Systems (John Vasey)
"Offers practical guidance on the setup, maintenance, and operation of sound and lighting equipment for rock concerts and other musical performances. The third edition expands the sections on radio microphones and digital dimmers."
cover cover Acoustic Musician's Guide to Sound Reinforcement and Live Recordings (Mike Sokol)
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Concert Sound : Tours, Techniques and Technology (Edited by David Trubitt)
A Mix magazine book.
cover Live Sound Mixing/1404 (Duncan Fry).
Mr. Fry is a Director at Australian audio electronics manufacturer ARX. Aimed at the beginner.
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Basic Live Sound (Paul White)
Aimed at musicians, covers feedback, mic selection, effects, monitors. Written by one of the best writers on audio that I know of, and editor of Sound on Sound.
cover cover The Live Sound Manual: Getting Great Sound at Every Gig (Ben Duncan).
"A manual for live performances. Applies to the entire range of stage performers and their equipment. Includes: analyzing venue needs, acquiring and managing the ideal sound system, setting up and testing equipment, understanding and applying the theories of acoustics, maintenance, and trouble-shooting. Also features a 15,000-word technical glossary."
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The Backstage Handbook: An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information (Paul Carter)
"With over 75,000 in print, this book rates as one of the most widely used reference books for theatrical technicians and designers."
cover National Electrical Code 1999
"Revised every three years, the National Electric Code (NEC) is the most widely used and accepted criteria for all electrical installations. Containing up-to-the-minute facts and safety guidelines electricians need to avoid costly errors, the NEC remains a "must-have" reference for anyone involved in electrical design installation, identification, and/or inspection--it is adopted as law by most states and cities (in the USA)."
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National Electrical Code Handbook ON CD-ROM (Joseph and Brian McPartland)
A reference with commentary, discussion, and analysis on the most commonly encountered rules of the 1999 National Electrical Code. Designed to be used in conjunction with the 1999 NEC book, this handbook presents thousands of illustrations--diagrams and photos--to supplement the detailed text in explaining and clarifying NEC regulations."
cover cover Handbook for Sound Engineers: The New Audio Cyclopedia (Edited by Glen M. Ballou)
A reference for sound engineers in its 4th edition. Written by experts in the field, including Dr. Eugene Patronis on amplifier design and outdoor sound systems; Bill Whitlock on audio transformers and preamplifiers; Pat Brown on fundamentals and gain structures; Ray Rayburn on virtual systems and digital interfacing; and Dr. Wolfgang Ahnert on computer-aided sound system design and acoustics for concert halls.I. In addition, there is update coverage of sound system design and installation, hard-to-find details on loudspeaker and enclosure design, and coverage of typical audio circuitry.
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    Crank It Up: Live Sound Secrets of the Top Tour Engineers (Clive Young)
The new book by Pro Sound News senior editor Clive Young, profiles more than 70 of the world's most successful live sound engineers as they teach readers the technical, practical, and political aspects of the job, from customizing mixing approaches and choosing the right equipment, to working with artists and other engineers. More than 30 acts' tours are analyzed in Crank It Up, covering major stars in every genre, from the Stones to Norah Jones, from the Dixie Chicks to Disturbed..
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Acoustics
The Master Handbook of Acoustics (F. Alton Everest)
"The goal of this book is to apply the principles of acoustics to the audio arts. Along with covering the more theoretical aspects of acoustics, the book applies the theory to the design of specialized audio spaces such as the home listening room, the control room, and the multi-track recording studio."
cover Fundamentals of Acoustics (L. Kinsler, A. Frey)
Classic acoustics college-level text book. "A treatment of the fundamental principles underlying the generation, transmission, and reception of acoustic waves and their application to numerous fields. Analyzes the various types of vibration of solid bodies and the propagation of sound waves. The third edition features discussions of antiresonance concert hall acoustics, detection theory, canonical equations, normal mode propagation in the ocean, and environmental acoustics.
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Music, Physics and Engineering (Harry Olson)
"This book examines all aspects of the production, reception, and reproduction of sound. Dr. Harry Olson discusses sound waves, characteristics of musical instruments, how the ear hears, and how sound is reproduced through various devices. Of interest to music students, teachers, conductors, and recording engineers."
cover cover The Acoustical Foundations of Music (John Backus)
"Musical sound, its properties, behaviour and reproduction".
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The Art of Digital Audio (John Watkinson)
"Pulls various technologies together as they relate to audio. It deals with advanced topics, theory and a whole new world of practical implementation. The new edition includes more information on the AES/EBU interface, DCC, NAGRA and data reduction as well as Digital Audio Broadcasting."
cover cover 4 Volume Set, Encyclopedia of Acoustics
"This book examines all aspects of acoustics. It covers engineering aspects (aerodynamics and jet noise, interaction of fluid motion and sound, infrasound, ultrasonics, quantum acoustics, etc.) and scientific aspects (auditory function, acoustical properties of the outer and inner ear, psychological speech perception, music and musical acoustics, hearing and sound perception among vertebrate/invertebrate animals)."
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Microphone Techniques (David Huber and Philip Williams)
A Mix magazine book.
cover Testing Loudspeakers (Joe D'Appolito)
"One of the few books on testing loudspeakers. After presenting the basics of the T/S Parameters theory to some extent, the author presents the relative measurement techniques. The theoretical background is also included and presented in simple language. It is a must-have companion for the very popular "Loudspeaker Design Cookbook" by Vance Dickason."
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Critical Listening & Auditory Perception (F. Alton Everest)
"A professional training course for student audio engineers. This course includes a 200 page book and 5 CDs all of which can be used as a classroom course or self-tutorial."
Acoustics
Critical Listening Skills for Audio Professionals (F. Alton Everest)
"Audio productions are made or broken by the quality of the engineer's ears. Through hundreds of illustrations and an accompanying disc containing high-resolution MP3 files with nearly five hours of narration of the entire course, you can acquire the audio discernment skills of a seasoned recording engineer".
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Sound reproduction. Speakers and rooms (Floyd Toole)
"Floyd Toole, a leading expert in the field of sound reproduction, explains how to design the best possible listening experience for recording control rooms and home entertainment systems. This comprehensive work considers the whole sound reproduction chain from multi channel audio configurations and the loudspeaker/room system to acoustics and psychoacoustics and the evaluation process."
Acoustics Acoustics (Leo. L Beranek)
Classic and rigorous.
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Miscelaneous
The Audio Dictionary (Glen White)
"Revised and expanded edition (first in 1987) of a guide to the terminology and basic concepts in the fields of sound recording, sound reinforcement, and musical acoustics."
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Audio Electronics
High-Power Audio Amplifier Construction Manual (G. Randy Slone, Randy Slone)
"Build a few simple amplifier projects or delve into the physics of audio amplifier operation and design. Walks you through: Building the optimum audio power supply;  Amplifier and loudspeaker protection methods; Stability, distortion, and performance; Audio amplifier cookbook designs; Construction techniques; Diagnostic equipment and testing procedures; Output stage configurations, classes, and device types; Crossover distortion physics."
High Performance Audio Power Amplifiers (Ben Duncan)
"An introductory guide to power amplifiers. Covers linking analog electronics, acoustics, heat and music technology, modeling and real-world practice and design and repair."
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Enclosure Building
Building Pro Audio Loudspeaker Enclosures (Jeffrey A. Forsburg)
"Jeff has designed and built enclosures for over thirty years. This book covers materials, machinery, hardware, rigging, design tools, application, design concepts, assembly, and painting. Two completely different projects help integrate this information. Learning tool for those just starting out, or a resource guide for others that have been in the industry and just need a little help. A CD is provided that contains resource listings for materials, hardware, CAD drawings, software, web sites and much more"
Loudspeaker Design Cookbook (Vance Dickason)
The bible of serious box building, now on its 7th edition. Strong on performance prediction  by computer analysis, particularly using the LEAP software. Very technically oriented.
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Introduction to Loudspeaker Design (John L. Murphy)
"I highly recommend this book to anyone entering the difficult, but rewarding, area of speaker design. I found it a pleasure to read. With a lively writing style, Mr. Murphy accurately presents the necessary physics fundamentals (he is a physicist), while requiring no more than basic math understanding on the part of the reader."
 
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HANDY TOOLS

       
Gerber and Leatherman Tools
Gerber 08239 Legend Multi-Plier 800 Multitool
"Extreme wire cutting ability, quick access to the components, spring loaded plier handles, and a secure comfortable grip. Replaceable tungsten/cobalt carbide wire cutter inserts. 12 tools including the needle-nose pliers, wire cutter with replacement blade, crimper, full size combo edge and serrated drop point knife blade, scissors, can opener, hack saw, and Phillips, small, medium, and large screwdrivers."
Click for larger photo Click for larger photo Leatherman 67010103H Wave with Deluxe Leather Belt Sheath
"More features than any other Leatherman. Easy access to four locking blades from the outside of the tool. Comfortable handles. Wave's interior is packed with seven tool blades that give you all of your favorite classic Leatherman features. The Wave even looks like it means business. From its sleek, sculpted straight knife blade, right down to the rivets, you can see the details that make the Wave so distinctive. The wave is the premier product in the Leatherman line."
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    Click for larger photo Leatherman 78105003 Juice XE6
"Most jam-packed model in the line. Purple anodized aluminum handles. Pliers, wire cutters, four screwdrivers, saw, awl, diamond-coated file, straight or serrated knife blades, serrated scissors, corkscrew, can and bottle opener, and lanyard attachment. Covered by Leatherman's 25 year warranty." Also vailable in storm gray
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Maglites
Mag Instrument K3A016 Red Mag-Lite AAA Solitaire Flashlight
"Weighing less than one ounce (with battery), this flashlight is three inches long. The cam-driven head changes the beam from spot to flood, with the turn of the flashlight head, making it easier for you to see what and where you need to. Anodized inside and out for durability. Resistant to water and shock, while the low resistance circuitry allows a more efficient use of the batteries. Includes a candle mode feature for convenient, hands free light. Diamond-knurled grip helps you hang on to it in tight spots. Includes a key lead accessory and an AAA battery." Also available in blue, purple, black and silver
Click for larger photo Mag Instrument LK3A001 Replacement Lamp for MagLite Solitaire (2-Pack)
"Single-battery, AAA replacement lamps. Vacuum-sealed and extremely bright for their size."
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Mag Instrument M3A016 Blue AAA Mini MagLite Flashlight
"Just twist the flashlight head and you can change the beam from spot to flood, positioning the light exactly where you need it. Anodized for durability, with a self-cleaning switch. Resistant to water and shock, while the low resistance circuitry allows a more efficient use of the batteries. Includes a candle mode feature for convenient, hands free light. Diamond-knurled grip helps you hang on to it in tight spots, and the spare lamp in the tail cap may be just what you need to get out a dark situation. Includes a pocket clip and two alkaline AAA batteries." Also available in black, purple, red and silver
Click for larger photo Click for larger photo Mag Instrument AM3A026 Nylon Full Flap Holster for AAA
"This Nylon Full Flap Holster holds your 2-cell AAA Mini MagLite Flashlight. Black."
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Mag Instrument M2A01H Black Holster AA Combo Pack Flashlight
"Just twist the flashlight head and you can change the beam from spot to flood, positioning the light exactly where you need it. Anodized for durability, with a self-cleaning switch. Resistant to water and shock, while the low resistance circuitry allows a more efficient use of the batteries. Includes a candle mode feature for convenient, hands free light. Diamond-knurled grip helps you hang on to it in tight spots, and the spare lamp in the tail cap may be just what you need to get out a dark situation. Your combo pack includes a black mini Maglite flashlight, a multi-purpose polypropylene belt holster, and two AA alkaline batteries." Flashlight also available in blue, purple, red and silver
Click for larger photo Click for larger photo Mag Instrument AM2A496 Black AA Mounting Brackets
"This Nylon Full Flap Holster holds your 2-cell AAA Mini MagLite Flashlight. Black."
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Mag Instrument LM2A001 Replacement Lamp for AA & AAA Mini MagLite (2-Pack)
"AAA (double-battery ) or AAA replacement lamps. Vacuum-sealed and extremely bright."
 
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