The Audio Expert is a comprehensive reference book covering all aspects of audio, with both practical and theoretical explanations. It is written for people who want to understand audio at the deepest, most technical level, but without needing an engineering degree. The Audio Expert explains how audio really works in much more depth than usual, using common sense plain-English explanations and mechanical analogies, with minimal math. It uses an easy to read conversational tone, and includes more than 400 figures and photos to augment the printed text.

However, this book goes beyond merely explaining how audio works. It brings together the concepts of audio, aural perception, musical instrument physics, acoustics, and basic electronics, showing how they’re intimately related. It also describes in great detail many practices and techniques used by recording and mixing engineers, including video production and computers. This book is meant for intermediate to advanced recording engineers and audiophiles who want to become experts. There’s plenty for beginners too.

One unique feature is explaining how audio devices such as equalizers, compressors, and A/D converters work internally, and how they’re spec’d and tested, rather than merely describing how to use them. There’s plenty of myth-busting and consumerism too. The book doesn’t tell readers what brand power amplifier to buy, but it explains in great detail what defines a good amplifier so people can choose a first-rate model wisely without over-paying.

Most explanations throughout the book are platform-agnostic, applying equally to Windows and Mac computers, and to most software and hardware. Many audio and video examples are included to enhance the written text.

The new edition offers many updates and improvements throughout. New sections on coding an equalizer, comparing microphone preamps, testing results of loudspeaker isolation devices, new online video content on music theory, plus incorporated chapters on MIDI basics, computers, video production, plus new myth-busters, and much more!

part 1|131 pages

Audio Defined

chapter 1|39 pages

Audio Basics

chapter 2|24 pages

Audio Fidelity, Measurements, and Myths

chapter 4|23 pages

Gozintas and Gozoutas

part 2|263 pages

Analog and Digital Recording, Processing, and Methods

chapter 5|35 pages

Mixers, Buses, Routing, and Summing

chapter 6|39 pages

Recording Devices and Methods

chapter 7|30 pages

Mixing Devices and Methods

chapter 8|26 pages

Digital Audio Basics

chapter 9|20 pages

Dynamics Processors

chapter 10|24 pages

Frequency Processors

chapter 11|15 pages

Time Domain Processors

chapter 12|7 pages

Pitch and Time Manipulation Processors

chapter 13|9 pages

Other Audio Processors

chapter 14|35 pages


chapter 15|15 pages

MIDI Basics

part 3|22 pages

Video Production

chapter 16|20 pages

Video Production

part 4|77 pages


chapter 17|26 pages

Microphones and Pickups

chapter 18|49 pages

Loudspeakers and Earphones

part 5|138 pages

Room Acoustics, Treatment, and Monitoring

chapter 19|36 pages

Acoustic Basics

chapter 20|27 pages

Room Shapes, Modes, and Isolation

chapter 21|50 pages

Acoustic Treatment

chapter 22|22 pages

Room Measuring

part 6|102 pages

Electronics and Computers

chapter 23|59 pages

Basic Electronics in 60 Minutes

chapter 24|15 pages

Test Procedures

chapter 25|22 pages


part 7|31 pages

Musical Instruments

chapter 26|29 pages

Musical Instruments