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“Acoustics and psychoacoustics” by David M. Howard and Jamie A. S. Angus

“Acoustics and psychoacoustics” by David M. Howard and Jamie A. S. Angus

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Focal Press is an imprint o ElsevierLinacre House, Jordan Hill, Oxord OX2 8DP, UK 30 Corporate Drive, Suite 400, Burlington, MA 01803, USAFirst edition 1996Reprinted 1998, 1999, 2000Second edition 2001Third edition 2006Fourth edition 2009Copyright © 2009, Proessor David Howard and Proessor Jamie Angus. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reservedThe rights o Proessor David Howard and Proessor Jamie Angus to be identifed as the authors o this work has been asserted inaccordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988No part o this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any orm or by any means, electronic or mechanical, includ-ing photocopying, recording, or any inormation storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing rom the publisher.Details on how to seek permission, urther inormation about the Publisher’s permissions policies and our arrangement withorganizations such as the Copyright Clearance Center and the Copyright Licensing Agency, can be ound at our website: www.elsevier.com/permissionsThis book and the individual contributions contained in it are protected under copyright by the Publisher (other than as may benoted herein).
Knowledge and best practice in this feld are constantly changing. As new research and experience broaden our understanding,changes in research methods, proessional practices, or medical treatment may become necessary.Practitioners and researchers must always rely on their own experience and knowledge in evaluating and using any inormation,methods, compounds, or experiments described herein. In using such inormation or methods they should be mindul o their ownsaety and the saety o others, including parties or whom they have a proessional responsibility.To the ullest extent o the law, neither the Publisher nor the authors, contributors, or editors, assume any liability or any injury and/or damage to persons or property as a matter o products liability, negligence or otherwise, or rom any use or operation o any methods, products, instructions, or ideas contained in the material herein.
British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data
Howard, David M. (David Martin), 1956-Acoustics and psychoacoustics. – 4th ed.1. Psychoacoustics. 2. Music–Acoustics and physics.3. Sound–Recording and reproducing–Digital techniques.I. Title II. Angus, J. A. S. (James A. S.)152.1’5-dc22
Library of Congress Control Number:
2009930892ISBN: 978-0-240-52175-6For inormation on all Focal Press publications visit our website atocalpress.comPrinted and bound in Great Britain0910 11 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
 Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
continues to be adopted as a core text incourses all around the world; it has come on a long way since it was frstpublished in 1996. We receive a number o emails rom readers asking ques-tions relating to material presented and we always try to provide appropriateanswers. Such queries are always welcomed; indeed, much o the substanceo the revisions made in the 2nd edition was based on this important eed-back or which we are very grateul. The main change in the 3rd edition wasthe inclusion o the audio compact disc (CD) to provide recorded material oruse in learning, and we understand rom eedback received that this was a very welcome addition to the book.In addition to minor modifcations that have been made in this 4th edition,there is a major change to the fnal chapter which is now, we believe, betterocused as the book’s concluding material. It takes
 Applications of acoustics and psychoacoustics
as its theme and it explores the underlying principles o devices, procedures and systems that underpin practical work in the area o acoustics and psychoacoustics. The original material is essentially retainedbut reorganized to enable the inclusion o new material including: new roomacoustic design examples, hearing testing in practice, the principles o psy-choacoustic testing, noise reducing headphones, “mosquito” units and “teenbuzz” ring tones (demonstrated on a new audio on the CD—track 79). Wehope not only that these practical examples will provide useul insights intoexisting practical applications o the subject, but also that they will triggercreative thinking in tomorrow’s readers who might be responsible or theinvention o new devices, procedures and systems or the uture.The musical and studio side o the feld has not been neglected andadditional material has been added on the ollowing: pipe organs—to takeinto account the ull range o acoustic harmonic synthesis that they achievearound the globe through the inclusion o what we believe to be all stopootages which are ound on today’s instruments (enhanced Table 5.1); unac-companied (
 a capella
) singing perormance and how overall tuning can dritdue to the tuning system that
 a capella
singers adopt (new Section 4.5.3); andtimbral descriptions that are oten used in the studio and how they relate torequency (at the end o Section 5.3.2). A new version o track 7 on the audio

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