In this book, Richard Honeycutt details “all you need to know about good acoustics and sound systems in performance and worship spaces.” audioXpress and Voice Coil readers will be familiar with Richard A. Honeycutt’s writings, including audioXpress’ Hollow- State Electronics column, dedicated to exploring all tube-related electronics, and his Sound Control column, dedicated to everything in acoustics. Richard has also contributed to Voice Coil since 1994, so the author knows his subject matter.
Before we begin, I want to disclose the fact that I had access to an earlier version of Richard Honeycutt’s book, and that I actively engaged with him on the preparation of the final work, which I am happy to see finally published. Because of my involvement, I also feel the need to share that this book is essentially a small part of Richard’ Honeycutt’s work, because the book’s aim was essentially to provide an introduction to acoustics to anyone who needs to deal with sound and performances. Acoustics in Performance is a technical book written for everyone.
There are many “audio engineering” books available that quickly dive into the mathematics, and the schematics, and because of that are quickly placed on the shelf or put aside for future reference. There are also many works discussing acoustics, which in most cases look like Albert Einstein’s notebook and mostly discuss sound from all the theoretical angles, except the ones that matter to all of us, which is: “given the understanding of sound and acoustical phenomena, what should we do (or not do) to deal with it in practical terms.”
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