Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics of Acoustics & Sound - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Physics of Acoustics & Sound. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Would You Rather? Made You Think! Edition: Answer Hilarious Questions and Win the Game of Wits (A Laugh and Think Book)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics of Acoustics & Sound - August 2021

Enjoy hours of laughter with hilarious questions for kids that get harder as the book goes on. Who will win the competition for the best answers? Who will outsmart everyone? Laugh and learn with 160+ questions designed to make kids giggle, think, and figure out who's the wittiest (and silliest) of all! Would You Rather? Made You Think! Edition provides endless hours of fun for eight- to twelve-year-olds who love a challenge--and a good laugh. Would You Rather? Made You Think! features:    •    Learning through play. Kids will exercise their brains with these either/or scenarios that make them think creatively, use their imagination, and pull together facts quickly.    •    Family time away from screens . 160+ age-appropriate questions, ranging from the mind-boggling to the totally gross.    •    An exciting game for competitive kids . Try to outsmart family and friends with the most creative answer.    •    Levels organized by difficulty. As kids complete the levels, the next questions get harder.    •    Lots of laughs! The questions are funny; kids can make the answers even funnier!    •    Perfect for road trips, camping trips, restaurants, sleepovers, and dinner conversations.    •    Classroom fun. These questions can be used to increase student engagement, practice reading and writing comprehension, promote critical thinking skills, and create a fun classroom environment!

  • Author: Lindsey Daly
  • Publisher: Zeitgeist (August 18, 2020)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Activities, Crafts & Games
  • ISBN: 978-0593196793
  • Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches


2. This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics of Acoustics & Sound - August 2021

In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin explores the connection between music—its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it—and the human brain. Taking on prominent thinkers who argue that music is nothing more than an evolutionary accident, Levitin poses that music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language. Drawing on the latest research and on musical examples ranging from Mozart to Duke Ellington to Van Halen, he reveals: • How composers produce some of the most pleasurable effects of listening to music by exploiting the way our brains make sense of the world • Why we are so emotionally attached to the music we listened to as teenagers, whether it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, or Dr. Dre • That practice, rather than talent, is the driving force behind musical expertise • How those insidious little jingles (called earworms) get stuck in our head A Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist, This Is Your Brain on Music will attract readers of Oliver Sacks and David Byrne, as it is an unprecedented, eye-opening investigation into an obsession at the heart of human nature.

  • Author: Daniel J. Levitin
  • Publisher: Plume/Penguin; Illustrated edition (August 28, 2007)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Music
  • ISBN: 978-0452288522
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.72 x 7.98 inches


3. Understanding Ultrasound Physics

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics of Acoustics & Sound - August 2021

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  • Author: Sidney K Edelman
  • Publisher: E.S.P. Ultrasound; 4th ed. edition (July 1, 2012)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0962644450
  • Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches


4. How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics of Acoustics & Sound - August 2021

"Any readers whose love of music has somehow not led them to explore the technical side before will surely find the result a thoroughly accessible, and occasionally revelatory, primer."— Seattle Post-Intelligencer What makes a musical note different from any other sound? How can you tell if you have perfect pitch? Why do ten violins sound only twice as loud as one? Do your Bob Dylan albums sound better on CD vinyl? John Powell, a scientist and musician, answers these questions and many more in How Music Works , an intriguing and original guide to acoustics.  In a clear and engaging voice, Powell leads you on a fascinating journey through the world of music, with lively discussions of the secrets behind harmony timbre, keys, chords, loudness, musical composition, and more. From how musical notes came to be (you can thank a group of stodgy men in 1939 London for that one), to how scales help you memorize songs, to how to make and oboe from a drinking straw, John Powell distills the science and psychology of music with wit and charm.

  • Author: John Powell
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Spark (November 3, 2010)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Music


5. The RV Handbook: Essential How-To Guide for the RV Owner (Trailer Life)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics of Acoustics & Sound - August 2021

Perfect for either the seasoned RVer or a novice hitting the road for the first time, travelers will find proven RV tips, tricks, and techniques to save time, money and frustrations in the fourth edition of "The RV Handbook." Designed to be used as a fast-reference guide or a generously illustrated textbook, the guide contains helpful checklists, photos, schematics and charts, as well as valuable information on avoiding towing errors, correct hitching techniques, crowd-free camping, electrical systems, improving fuel economy, and the latest tech trends in RV. Brand new topics include FAQs on buying new versus used, Class A or Class C, diesel or gas, motorized or 5th wheel, buying on-line, what type of license is needed, how to extend the life of batteries, and care and maintenance of the exterior. Also included is a section on RV safety -- fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and personal safety as well as information on "green" RVing -- using solar and wind power, recycling, and other green practices.

  • Author: Dave Solberg
  • Publisher: Good Sam Publishing; Fourth Edition (January 11, 2011)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0982489420
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.7 x 10.7 inches


6. Modern Recording Techniques (Audio Engineering Society Presents)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics of Acoustics & Sound - August 2021

Modern Recording Techniques is the bestselling, authoritative guide to sound and music recording. Whether you’re just starting out or are looking for a step-up in the industry, Modern Recording Techniques provides an in-depth read on the art and technologies of music production. It’s a must-have reference for all audio bookshelves. Using its familiar and accessible writing style, this ninth edition has been fully updated, presenting the latest production technologies and includes an in-depth coverage of the DAW, networked audio, MIDI, signal processing and much more. A robust companion website features video tutorials, web-links, an online glossary, flashcards, and a link to the author’s blog. Instructor resources include a test bank and an instructor’s manual. The ninth edition includes: Updated tips, tricks and insights for getting the best out of your studio An introduction to the Apple iOS in music production Introductions to new technologies and important retro studio techniques The latest advancements in DAW systems, signal processing, mixing and mastering.

  • Author: David Miles Huber
  • Publisher: Routledge; 9th edition (November 3, 2017)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1138954373
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.25 inches


7. The Music Mixing Workbook: Exercises To Help You Learn How To Mix On Any DAW

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics of Acoustics & Sound - August 2021

If you’re new to mixing and aren’t sure what to do, or your mixes aren’t anywhere near where you’d like them to be, then The Music Mixing Workbook is exactly what you need. Written by Bobby Owsinski, the author of the award winning and highly acclaimed Mixing Engineer’s Handbook (the standard reference book for mixing in schools around the world), the Music Mixing Workbook features hands-on exercises that teach you all the things that make a mix sound great, as well as all the things to avoid along the way.Designed to meet the needs of anyone relatively new to or confused about the once mysterious process of mixing audio, the book features 175 different exercises covering every operation needed to complete a modern sounding professional mix with tips and tricks that come directly from the A-list pro mixers.The easy-to-grasp exercises can be used with any DAW application or hardware console, and any genre of music.Topics covered include: • DAW vs. console channel signal flow • Basic monitoring setup to optimize your playback environment • Balancing mix elements using a never-miss technique • Panning techniques for various mix elements • Multiple EQ strategies for powerful and distinct tracks • Compression, gates, and saturators and how to use them • Reverb, delay and modulation effects and how to layer them like the pros • Master mix techniques, and much moreAlthough the reader can use the Workbook with any current mixes they may be working on, most of the exercises are built around professionally recorded tracks that are available to download for free.The Music Mixing Workbook is meant to work in conjunction with Bobby’s popular Mixing Engineer’s Handbook to provide the practical training behind the many concepts involved with mixing.

  • Author: Bobby Owsinski
  • Publisher: BOMG Publishing (January 18, 2021)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1946837103
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.59 x 11 inches


8. The Mixing Engineer's Handbook 4th Edition

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics of Acoustics & Sound - August 2021

Mixing music—the process of combining and shaping the component parts of a song into a polished, completed recording—was once considered an unteachable art. The first edition of Bobby Owsinski’s The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook destroyed that myth forever, breaking the craft of mixing down into discrete, understandable steps and showing musicians, audio engineers, and producers exactly how to get great results in the studio. The book has since become the go-to text on mixing for recording programs in colleges and universities around the world. Now available in a completely revised fourth edition, The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook remains the best, most up-to-date source for mastering the art and science of creating pro-quality mixes Topics covered include: * The six elements of a mix, from achieving balance to creating interest * The secrets of equalization and “magic frequencies” * Advanced techniques expected of today’s mixer, like track cleanup, adjusting track timing, pitch correction, sound replacement, and automation tricks * Easy-to-grasp methods for adding effects, sonic layering, calculating delay, and much more The book also features 25 interviews with some of the music industry’s most successful and celebrated audio engineers/producers/mixers, who share their expertise, insights, and philosophies about mixing. Learn the art of mixing from start to finish, and pick up tips and techniques from the pros, with The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Fourth Edition.

  • Author: Bobby Owsinski
  • Publisher: Bobby Owsinski Media Group; 4th edition (January 18, 2017)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering


9. Audio Engineering 101: A Beginner's Guide to Music Production

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics of Acoustics & Sound - August 2021

Practical, concise and approachable, Audio Engineering 101, Second Edition covers everything aspiring audio engineers need to know to make it in the recording industry, from the characteristics of sound to microphones, analog versus digital recording, EQ/compression, mixing, mastering and career skills. Filled with hands-on, step-by-step technique breakdowns and all-new interviews with active professionals, this updated edition includes instruction in using digital consoles, iPads for mixing, audio apps, plug-ins, home studios and audio for podcasts.

  • Author: Tim Dittmar
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering, Civil & Environmental, Acoustics


10. The Sound Reinforcement Handbook

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Physics of Acoustics & Sound - August 2021

(Yamaha Products). Sound reinforcement is the use of audio amplification systems. This book is the first and only book of its kind to cover all aspects of designing and using such systems for public address and musical performance. The book features information on both the audio theory involved and the practical applications of that theory, explaining everything from microphones to loudspeakers. This revised edition features almost 40 new pages and is even easier to follow with the addition of an index and a simplified page and chapter numbering system. New topics covered include: MIDI, Synchronization, and an Appendix on Logarithms. 416 Pages.

  • Author: Gary Davis
  • Publisher: Yamaha; 2nd edition (January 1, 1988)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Music
  • ISBN: 978-0881889000
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.99 x 11 inches