The Audio Expert by Ethan Winer – Everything You Need to Know About Audio

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About The Audio Expert

About The Audio Expert

The Audio Expert by Ethan WinerThis is a very comprehensive "reference" type book covering all aspects of audio, with many practical as well as theoretical explanations. It’s 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’s presented in an easy to read conversational tone, and includes more than 400 figures and photos to augment the printed text. You can view the Table of Contents now, which includes a list of all the videos that total more than 3-1/2 hours running time.

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 of the 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. It’s definitely not a "Dummies" type book for beginners!

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. This book is also unique because it includes much original research, such as methods to test the audibility of distortion and other artifacts using your own listening system, while explaining why many common home-made tests are not valid. It also addresses the perennial "measuring versus listening" and "subjectivist versus objectivist" debates head on, and resolves them using science, logic, and hard proof. There’s plenty of myth-busting and consumerism too. Indeed, truly understanding how audio gear works leads to smarter buying. So while I won’t tell readers what brand power amplifier to buy, I explain 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 better present complex topics such as vibration and resonance. Other videos demonstrate editing techniques and audio processing, and there are several video interviews with skilled musicians demonstrating their instruments and playing techniques. In the piano video, a professional piano technician disassembles a $100,000 Steinway grand to show how it works! Of course, there’s also a comprehensive Acoustics section, bringing together much of my writings from past years into one coherent reference, along with a wealth of new information. There’s literally nothing else like this book.

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What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

Greg Mackie (of Mackie loudspeakers and mixers fame) sent Ethan an email with these glowing comments:

THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS BOOK AVAILABLE!!!! My first impression when I opened the box and picked up the book was, Gawd, now that’s a book! Just love the way you present so much information and in a clear and concise manner. I’ve pretty much read the book cover to cover, really helped firm up a lot of beliefs I already had, corrected many misconceptions, and educated me in areas I really needed it. I especially liked the sections on audio myths – that’s one of my favorite areas. Thanks again for making the book available, really well done Ethan. If you need any recommendations for your book, you certainly have mine. If I started another audio company, I’d make your book required reading before I’d hire anyone that’s expected to know about audio!!!

Brandon Drury of the Recording Review web site and audio forum posted a wonderful review of Ethan’s book. Here are some excerpts:

If I had this book in 2001 when I started, I believe I would be armed to effectively deal with the people who I feel misled me, regardless of their motives (malice, stupidity, ignorance, going with the flow of the herd), and I would have the foundation necessary to achieve my audio goals faster and at less expense. … It really does appear that Ethan attempted to cover pretty much EVERYTHING about the science of audio. I think it’s safe to say he succeeded. While there are entire books on probably each chapter Ethan has covered, he’s done a phenomenal job of telling you what you need to know about practically every important ‘audio guy’ topic. In particular, the way he taught the electronics chapter REALLY impressed me. I’ve been reading endlessly for the past week on C++ and have not come anywhere close to the caliber and effectiveness Ethan has executed in this book.

From audio journalist Jon Chappell’s fabulous review on Harmony Central:

There is a veritable galaxy of books and book-and-media packages that will help you advance your knowledge of audio and music production. Many of these are written by accomplished and respected members of the industry. But none are as credible as Winer, who has made a crusade of debunking myths and other fanciful notions on internet forums, and has tirelessly sought to set the record straight … You may understand many of the basic concepts in the early parts of the book, but even experts will find the material so thorough and artfully presented that they can take away something useful … The book succeeds in both its ability to explain audio concepts straightforwardly (but no simpler than is necessary), and to bring the theoretical explanations into practical applications. This – and the book’s massive wealth of solid information, broad scope, and rich multimedia support – make The Audio Expert a must-read for any recording musician at any level.

WusikSound Magazine is a free online magazine, and the October 2012 edition contains a fabulous review by David Baer on page 4. From that review:

The Audio Expert has the secondary title “Everything You Need to Know About Audio,” and it honestly lives up to that billing. Ethan Winer is one of the few individuals who could single-handedly write such a book. If you’re serious about music production, and especially if you’re just starting as a hobbyist, you will benefit enormously from reading [The] Audio Expert. Ethan Winer is a fine writer and teacher and is unquestionably a true audio expert. He deserves our commendation for helping us to become audio experts ourselves.

Canadian Musician magazine arranged to publish portions of Ethan’s book, and their editor Andrew King told him by email:

I love the writing style and tone of the book – sometimes complicated concepts presented in a very conversational, easy-to-digest format. That style made it very easy to share excerpts from the book in Canadian Musician magazine; we were able to share very valuable information with what’s a largely novice audience to great success.

This is from the review by Yuvi Gerstein:

The explanations in each chapter are incredibly straight forward and the feeling is that Winer is not trying to prove his knowledge by making things complicated like many other authors unfortunately do. On the other hand, the level of detail is great and by no means superficial. You could get some serious knowledge, tips and a much better understanding of audio matters including some myth busting and setting the record straight on a few important audio issues.

Ethan sent a preview copy of The Audio Expert to magazine editor Craig Anderton, and his glowing review appeared in the April 2012 issue of Electronic Musician magazine:

The book’s overall tone is saturated with the enthusiasm of someone who clearly loves the subject matter, and loves disseminating it to others. No matter how much you know about recording and audio, you’re sure to find material here that will add to your expertise.

From an interview by Keith Clark in the May 2012 issue of Live Sound Magazine:

The Audio Expert, a new book by Ethan Winer, exhaustively covers a plethora of important technical aspects of audio. But it goes much further, discussing and explaining the relationship between audio and a wide range of closely related factors. In short, it challenges you to think, to seek a deeper understanding. Just released by Focal Press, I received an advance copy and have had a hard time putting it down.

Microphone expert and author Bruce Bartlett emailed this:

Ethan, your book and DVD are fantastic. Way to go! I really enjoyed the fun video – looks like you did too … I very much like your myth busters. Somebody has to speak out against the nonsense.

From film composer and sound designer John Schuermann:

I can honestly say that this is the most valuable book I have ever read pertaining to audio in all its forms, from mixing and recording to home theater setup. The breadth of information in this book is nothing short of stunning, as is Ethan’s ability to tie all of the different facets of audio together so you can see how everything interrelates.

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