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Title: Looking for some reading material...
Post by: Blake Short on June 17, 2014, 12:16:25 pm
is there a handy glossary of terms that anyone can point me to so I understand the technical meaning of things like Gate, Shelf, HighQ, Compressor, etc... looking for a reference sheet of definitions i guess!

also looking for material about polar patters of microphones, how they work, where they should be positioned, etc...

I know i could search the web for this stuff, but i also know that there is someone on here that knows of some time saving reading material that is clear and to the point of what I am looking for!  Thanks in advance to any who reply!
Title: Re: Looking for some reading material...
Post by: Rob Gow on June 17, 2014, 12:48:47 pm
Here's a good place to start.

http://www.yorkville.com/downloads/other/basicpaprimer.pdf

And then this:
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/0881889008
Title: Re: Looking for some reading material...
Post by: jasonfinnigan on June 17, 2014, 03:17:09 pm
Here is the go to de facto standard: http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Reinforcement-Handbook-Gary-Davis/dp/0881889008/r
Title: Re: Looking for some reading material...
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on June 17, 2014, 03:53:19 pm
Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook....A.K.A. "the bible".
Title: Re: Looking for some reading material...
Post by: Thomas Le on June 17, 2014, 06:10:46 pm
As others have noted, look for the Yamaha sound reinforcement handbook and DVD, although dated the concept is still relevant today.


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Title: Re: Looking for some reading material...
Post by: Tom Young on June 17, 2014, 09:07:12 pm
This is THE comprehensive, accurate and up-to-date reference source:

http://www.rane.com/digi-dic.html
Title: Re: Looking for some reading material...
Post by: g'bye, Dick Rees on June 17, 2014, 09:17:39 pm
As others have noted, look for the Yamaha sound reinforcement handbook and DVD, although dated the concept is still relevant today.


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Physics is not dated and the book is not a concept.  It's an actual publication.

Off to the iggy bin.
Title: Re: Looking for some reading material...
Post by: jasonfinnigan on June 17, 2014, 09:56:18 pm
Physics is not dated and the book is not a concept.  It's an actual publication.

Off to the iggy bin.
Didn't you hear?  Ohm's Law and Gravity are dated. They don't apply to me anymore ;)
Title: Re: Looking for some reading material...
Post by: Thomas Le on June 18, 2014, 01:03:03 am
What I meant was that it doesn't talk about line arrays and digital mixers because it wasn't invented in the 80's, sorry that I wasn't clear...


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Title: Re: Looking for some reading material...
Post by: Tim McCulloch on June 18, 2014, 02:22:46 am
What I meant was that it doesn't talk about line arrays and digital mixers because it wasn't invented in the 80's, sorry that I wasn't clear...


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They don't need to, as the physics of transducers, horns and pattern control are fundamentally consistent regardless of array geometry, and how to mix, along with why and what, are also format-agnostic.  Digital mixers give you more stuff to work with, but the function performed is the same as analog.
Title: Re: Looking for some reading material...
Post by: Scott Olewiler on June 18, 2014, 04:02:53 am
Here is the go to de facto standard: http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Reinforcement-Handbook-Gary-Davis/dp/0881889008/r

+1

You might also want to search this forum for the phrases "how many watts" and "gain structure" where you will learn as I did thanks to Ivan and other's persistence that the former doesn't matter that much and the latter matters very much.   Next to "The Bible", this forum has been the best source of info I have found.