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Anyone know of beginners books for live sound?

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by chrisp2g, Nov 19, 2008.


  1. chrisp2g

    chrisp2g

    Apr 21, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    Looking for some good books to purchase and learn about doing live sound and such.

    Thanks,

    Chris
     
  2. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    These two have answered quite a few of my questions:

    Live Sound Reinforcement, Scott Hunter Stark
    (Mix Books)
    ISBN-13: 978-0-918371-07-2

    Yamaha Sound Reinforcement Handbook, Gary Davis & Ralph Jones
    Hal Leonard
    ISBN: 0-88188-900-8

    ALSO:
    http://srforums.prosoundweb.com/

    http://www.padrick.net/LiveSound/BuyPA.htm

    http://www.rane.com/par-w.html

    http://www.rane.com/note134.html

    http://www.recordingwebsite.com/articles/eqprimer.php

    http://acapella.harmony-central.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1286914
     
  3. +1 on the Yamaha book. Shure makes a much condensed version, something you can leave with your rig for emergencies.
     
  4. chrisp2g

    chrisp2g

    Apr 21, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    Thanks fellas
     
  5. RPIcka

    RPIcka

    Apr 19, 2006
    BC, Canada
    yamaha puts out a good sound reinforcment book
     
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Yup, yup, yup. It's the best.

    p1219.
     
  7. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    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.
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. There used to be some decent basic stuff at yorkville.com.
     
  10. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    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?
     
  11. srxplayer

    srxplayer

    May 19, 2004
    Highland, CA
    +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.
     
  12. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    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.
     
  13. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Thanks, Bob. I just game Amazon some more of my money!
     
  14. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab ACME,QSC,Fame/Hondo/Greco/HELIX user & BOSE Abuser Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    South Texas
    +100 to Bob's book list.

    CHECK YOUR MESSAGES, you've got a new PM.
     

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