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Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by chrisp2g, Nov 19, 2008.
Looking for some good books to purchase and learn about doing live sound and such.
These two have answered quite a few of my questions:
Live Sound Reinforcement, Scott Hunter Stark
Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook, Gary Davis & Ralph Jones
+1 on the Yamaha book. Shure makes a much condensed version, something you can leave with your rig for emergencies.
yamaha puts out a good sound reinforcment book
The Electrovoice PA Bible
Yup, yup, yup. It's the best.
For beginners, I recommend Rudy Trubitt's book, Live Sound for Musicians.
The Yamaha book is great but it may be difficult for beginners until they get their feet a little wet. IMHO, the best overall live audio book is Audio Engineering for Sound Reinforcement by John Eargle and Chris Foreman. There are other great books that aren't devoted exclusively to live sound but are valuable if you want to really learn: Sound System Engineering, Handbook for Sound Engineers, Sound Engineer's Pocket Book, and others.
Yamaha's book is great. I read it about 15 years ago and since then I've been stuck running sound in every crappy band I've ever been in.
I also love the Yamaha book.
For free, lighter, and basic reading, check out this tutorial: http://members.cox.net/pasystem1/
There used to be some decent basic stuff at yorkville.com.
Great suggestions, Bob. Thanks! Would you recommend "Sound System Engineering" to someone who has already worked his way through "Yamaha" and "Live Sound Reinforcement" and is interested in enhancing his understanding of the subjects, or would one of the other books be a better choice?
+1 on the Live Sound for Musicians book.
It looks a little silly but it really breaks it down into terms that everyone can understand. The Yamaha book is great but may be a little too technical.
Yes, I would recommend "SSE" very highly for that. The latest edition is by Don Davis and Eugene Patronis. The older editions, by Don and Carolyn Davis, are also good though not as up-to-date, and you might find them at a bargain price used.
Also, anyone interested in learning more about practical stuff should look into the audio courses and learning materials offered at www.synaudcon.com.
Thanks, Bob. I just game Amazon some more of my money!
+100 to Bob's book list.
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