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Recording Studio Design

3rd Edition

By Philip Newell, Philip Newell

  1. ISBN: 9780240522401
  2. Publication Date: November 2011
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 798
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    • £59.99 (GBP)
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Using straight-forward language and practical examples, Philip Newell covers the key principles of making a successful studio construction. In this third edition of Recording Studio Design, he gives you the skills you need to avoid disaster and create an efficient and effective acoustical environment to record and produce the fineset audio. Learn from Newell's years of experience as he provides great detail on the practical recording application in various acoustic environments, and explores complex issues, providing real-world solutions.

This new edition expands and develops on the topics from the previous editions, updating it for the digital age, so you have all the current information you need to build, adapt or update your recording studio.

Author Bio

PHILIP NEWELL (Author) International consultant on acoustic design, former technical director of Virgin Records. Has over 30 years experience in the recording industry and has been involved in the design of over 200 studios, including the famous Manor and Townhouse Studios. He is also author of Project Studios, Recording Spaces and Studio Monitoring Design, all published by Focal Press.


"Intended for recording professionals, this guide to the design of state of the art recording facilities provides detailed technical instruction on the creation and optimization of all facets of the modern studio. Beginning with a discussion of general acoustics and sound principles, the work covers topics such as neutral room design, variable acoustics, control rooms, studio monitoring, power conditions and main supplies, and analogue audio interfacing. Chapters include numerous technical illustrations and photographs, and this third edition is fully updated to reflect current technologies in use in the recording industry."--Reference and Research Book News


General requirements and common errors; Sound, decibels and hearing; Sound isolation; Room acoustics and means of control; Designing neutral rooms; Rooms with characteristic acoustics; Variable acoustics; Room combinations and operational considerations; The studio environment; Limitations to design predictions; Loudspeakers in rooms; Flattening the room response; Control rooms; The behaviour of multiple loudspeakers in rooms; Studio monitoring: the principal objectives; The non-environment control room; The live-end, dead-end approach; Response disturbances due to mixing consoles and studio furniture; Objective measurement and subjective evaluations; Studio monitoring systems; Surround sound and control rooms; Human factors; A mobile control room; Appendices; Glossary of terms