Understanding Sound and Acoustics

I am constantly saying that knowledge trumps gear when it comes to producing good sounding audio.  Its actually pretty common for someone to record really bad audio using really expensive gear.  That boils down to good old-fashioned not having the right knowledge.  I am also always saying that you don't need a lot of knowledge, or that the knowledge isn't too hard for anyone to understand.  I still stand by that. But that does not mean that more and deeper knowledge isn't better.  Quite the opposite.

For those who really want to dig into the fine details of audio, getting to understand the properties of sound and acoustics is an excellent thing.

This article by Neil Thompson Shade is an excellent primer on sound and acoustics. Not only does it cover some of the basics, but it also covers the myths and what Shade calls "outright errors" that pervade the audio industry.

http://www.prosoundweb.com/article/dbasics_acoustic_fundamentals/

Enjoy!

Ken

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