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The Art of Sound ReproductionVideo and Media Servers: Technology and ApplicationsAdvanced Television Systems: Brave New TV

The Art of Sound Reproduction

John Watkinson
(1998, Focal Press, 225 Wildwood Avenue, Woburn, MA 01801-2041, 552 pp., $66.95)

Audio is often the last concern for a video enthusiast's production. A good soundtrack sets the mood while subtly conveying essential information to the audience. However, a bad soundtrack, with hisses, distortion and low fidelity, is something that we're too familiar with. If a college class for sound appeals to you, but you don't want to spend the time, then The Art of Sound Reproduction by John Watkinson may be a good place to start.

Watkinson delves into the finer points of audio. He covers all the bases; explaining how the ear works, microphones, analog vs. digital sound, stereo vs. mono and all of the technical explanations and illustrations you could ever want. This book is a good addition to your reference library or for your general video production education. Rating = 3

Video and Media Servers Technology and Applications

Karl Paulsen (1998, Focal Press, 225 Wildwood Avenue, Woburn, MA 01801-2041, 457 pp., $39.95)

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Tags:  February 1999
Mon, 02/01/1999 - 12:00am