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Written by highly respected author Stan Alten, AUDIO BASICS provides readers with a fundamental understanding of the principles, technology, and techniques of audio production. Because the material is not medium-specific, readers can apply techniques to sound production in any of the major audio and audio/visual media

Stanley R. Alten, Syracuse University

Stanley R. Alten teaches audio production, TV/film aesthetics, writing, and criticism. Before joining the Syracuse University faculty, he worked in radio and television as a producer, writer, sound designer, performer, and station manager in numerous markets, including Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. He also has many film and record production credits and continues to be professionally active through his own production company. Alten is an internationally recognized authority in sound production. He is the author of AUDIO IN MEDIA, the leading audio-production text in North America for more than two decades. The book has been translated into Spanish, Korean, German, and Chinese. Recently, Alten authored a brief version of it titled AUDIO BASICS, also published with Cengage Learning. Other writing credits include AUDIO AND MEDIA: THE RECORDING STUDIO, which focuses on music recording. He also has written many articles for the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RADIO, WORLD BOOK ENCYCLOPEDIA (for which he served as audio editor), and the INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EDUCATION, 2nd Edition. He has been honored for teaching excellence by the Outstanding Educators of America, Alpha Epsilon Rho, and the National Science Foundation.
  • Content is generic to facilitate a general understanding of sound production and to better complement the “basics” concept of the book.
  • Chapters are organized for use selectively, in or out of sequence, with no disruption in continuity.
  • Each chapter is preceded by an outline of its main headings and concluded with a list of its main points.
  • Key terms are identified in bold italic and defined in the Glossary.
  • A bulleted list of main points appears at the end of each chapter, helping students review and refresh their memory of key chapter topics and points.
  • More than two hundred and forty illustrations visually reinforce principles, technical concepts, and production techniques.
1. Behavior of Sound.
2. The Ear and Hearing.
3. Perception of Sound.
4. Studio and Control Room Design.
5. Monitoring.
6. Microphones.
7. Microphone Techniques.
8. Mixers, Consoles, and Control Surfaces.
9. Recording.
10. Synchronization and Transfers.
11. Signal Processors.
12. Editing.
13. Mixing.
14. Internet Audio.
15. Influences of Sound on Meaning.