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Books for Audio Engineers

Alright, its been a few days, so it’s time to get back to training. There are plenty of books on engineering, but I constantly refer back to these. Check some out if you want to expand your knowledge base. Listed in ascending order of capability to dumbfound everyone, myself included:

Assistant Engineer’s Handbook by Timothy Chrich
Everything from wrapping cables to how to be an effective fly on the wall, this book is a must have for those new in the field.


Modern Recording Techniques by David Miles Himmer
This is a beginner to intermediate level all-around reference on practical application of tools and recording techniques. Contains some cookbook recommendations on miking and selection, but is very light on mixing theory.



Mixing Audio by Roey Izhaki
This book is great. It’s an intermediate level breakdown guide with in-depth mix analysis and explanation of common techniques. It aims to demonstrate persistent fundamentals by taking you through listening samples contained on the accompanying DVD.


Sound Reinforcement Handbook by Gary Davis and Ralph Jones
This manual is more theoretical in nature, and provides lots of formulas as a result. While the writers try to make the text accessible to readers of varying experience levels, your eyes may gloss over if you’ve never been exposed to logarithms before.


And now, the heavy stuff…

Handbook for Sound Engineers by Glen Ballou
This “handbook” actually weighs about 13 pounds. Very handy, indeed. This is a superb advanced reference on virtually all topics related to audio, from electronics design to mic placement. It covers virtually every activity related to professional sound, but sometimes this scope of coverage leads to certain sections lacking enough depth to educate those without a background in a particular area. Consider it an audio encyclopedia, and respect it at such. This was actually the only book I used as a reference for the SBE Certified Audio Engineer examination.

Audio Engineering (Newnes Know It All Series) by many authors
If you want to decipher this book, you better be ready to do some math. It’s a superb text, but it can fry my brain in 10 minutes flat. Newnes also publishes “Circuit Design: Know It All…” I’m surprised they haven’t come out with a book for rocket scientists.



While formal education has its place, it’s no secret that audio engineers really develop through hands-on experience and self education. These books will almost certainly help.


One thought on “Books for Audio Engineers

  1. We dfeiniltey need more smart people like you around.

    Posted by Martha | December 18, 2011, 09:30

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