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In AUDIO IN MEDIA, Tenth Edition, Stanley Alten -- internationally recognized as a scholar and expert in the area of audio production -- continues to provide students with an introduction to the basic techniques and principles necessary for audio production in today's media. The clear, current illustrations and photos and student-friendly writing in Alten's market-leading text have helped professors effectively teach this operationally based course to thousands of introductory audio-production students. Comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date, the text covers informational, perceptual, and aesthetic aspects of sound as they apply to each stage of the production process, from planning to post-production.
- The chapter order has been reorganized for better continuity of subject matter. A new chapter on Audio for the Internet is at the end of Part 2: Technology. "Premixing and Rerecording for Television and Film" has been shifted up a chapter, so that "Music Mixdown" now comes after it.
- Some chapters have been restructured to facilitate instruction of their content. For example, "Sound and the Speaking Voice" has been combined with "Voice-Overs" and "Narration".
- There are two new chapters geared toward the mobile media trend: "Production for Mobile Media" and "Mixing for Mobile Media." These chapters are designed to help students learn and understand the nuances of sound in the context of a smaller, mobile speaker.
- A new Chapter 1, "Sound in Production," is designed to provide a context for the rest of the book and includes the considerations important in evaluating the final product.
- The chapter on "Game Sound" has been revised with a new program of illustrations.
- All appropriate material has been updated for current technology standards.
- There are many new illustrations throughout the book.
- Where possible, similar subjects are grouped into sequential chapters for better flow. For example, speech-related material is covered in consecutive chapters on "Sound and the Speaking Voice, Voice-overs and Narration," "Dialogue," and "Studio Production for Radio and Television."
- Comprehensive and up-to-the-minute coverage of all technical and industry standards makes this book an excellent resource for students.
- This text provides a solid foundation to the basic concepts that apply to all aspects of audio production.
- An outstanding art and photo program provides clear illustrations that visually reinforce difficult technical concepts.
- Reviewers praise the clear writing style, which is succinct and appropriate for the introductory audio-production student.
- The tenth edition is organized into four clearly defined sections: Principles, Technology, Production, Postproduction.
- Although the length of the book has not increased, there are now 25 chapters, instead of 24, to facilitate a more focused treatment of content and make distribution of subject matter easier to locate and assign. As with previous editions, the organization facilitates reading chapters in or out of sequence, based on need and level of background, with no disruption in continuity.
1. Sound in Production.
2. Sound and Hearing.
3. Acoustics and Psychoacoustics.
Part II: TECHNOLOGY.
4. Loudspeakers and Monitoring.
6. Mixers, Consoles, and Control Surfaces.
8. Synchronization and Transfers.
9. Signal Processors.
10. Audio and the Internet.
Part III: PRODUCTION.
11. Sound and the Speaking Voice, Voice-Overs, and Narration.
13. Studio Production: Radio and Television.
14. Field Production: News and Sports.
15. Sound Design.
16. Sound Effects.
17. Music Underscoring.
18. Production for Mobile Media.
19. Game Sound.
20. Music Recording.
Part IV: POSTPRODUCTION.
22. Mixing: An Overview.
23. Premixing and Rerecording for Television and Film.
24. Music Mixdown.
25. Mixing for Mobile Media.
"AUDIO IN MEDIA is the most complete and thorough audio-production textbook on the market today. It has been for many years. I have never found any textbook that can compete with it."
"Audio in Media speaks to the students as audio professionals and exposes them to the terminology and language they can expect in media-production industries, and from audio-production professionals, publications and equipment vendors."