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Sound and Recording

6th Edition

By Francis Rumsey, Francis Rumsey, Tim McCormick, Tim Mccormick

  1. ISBN: 9780240521633
  2. Publication Date: August 2009
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 652
  5. Price:
    • $57.95 (USD)
    • £35.99 (GBP)
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This bestselling book introduces you to the principles of sound, perception, audio technology and systems. Providing vital reading for audio students and trainee engineers, this guide is ideal for anyone concerned with audio, sound and recording who wants a really good grounding in theory and industry practice.

Now with numerous updates, including a new chapter on sound quality, expanded information on sequencing and synchronization, and updated chapters on digital audio, loudspeakers and mixers.

Author Bio

Professor of Sound Recording at the University of Surrey (UK) and a Visiting Professor at the School of Music in Piteå (Sweden). Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and a regular contributor to the AES Journal.
Formerly Deputy Head of sound at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester (UK) and has since worked at Klark Teknik and the RSC.


"Sound and Recording is an invaluable text that a student can use as a reference throughout their career." -Jim Anderson, Professor, Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, Tisch School of the Arts. New York University, US

"Sound and Recording provides clear and simple explanations for the basic concepts needed to understand the processes involved in recording. It also addresses the recent developments in surround sound and digital audio." -Jay Kadis, Audio Engineer/Lecturer, Stanford University, US

"I rate this book very highly and use it regularly when teaching. It excels in explaining the technical side of sound recording and is a must-read for beginners and professional alike."

-Ian Hu, Principal, School of Sound Recording, Manchester, UK


What is Sound?

Auditory perception




Analogue recording

Noise reduction

Digital audio principles

Digital recording and editing systems

Digital audio applications

Power amplifiers

Lines and interconnection

Outboard equipment

MIDI and synthetic audio control


Two-channel stereo

Surround Sound

Glossary of terms