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Hello everyone,

I post on here pretty often and appreciate everyones help and advice I am

writing a Masters Thesis on Field Recording and Location Recording for

film with a focus on how it is currently taught to most students and

how to improve it. I already have all the standard books about video

and audio like the Jay Rose Books and most of the things that Focal

Press publishes but if anyone knows of or has lesser know sources or things that

are out of print or have been out of print of a long time I would

appreciate it.


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Hi Whitney,

I'm a freelance production sound mixer, self-educated in terms of my audio knowledge. I started with the same books you mentioned, in addition to "Sound for Film and Television" by Tolmilnson Holman and "The Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound" by David Yewdall.

When I searched the internet, I found that although there were usefual articles out there, they were few and far between, especially compared to the extensive coverage given to HD and video.

I ended up starting my own blog, http://syncsoundcinema.blogspot.com/, as a place to collect and organize articles and tutorials about audio for newbies and video folks alike. Feel free to drop by and give it a look.

Best of luck,


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Guest Jeff Colon

Hi Whitney,

While not oriented to the recording of sound there is a wealth of knowledge that is applicable from Synergistics Audio Concepts.


Mostly concerning proper installation of Sound Rienforcement systems there are still lots of applicable bits in their book "Sound Systems Engineering"... acoustics, measurements,  engineering stuff.  This is the first book I purchased when dropping out of college to pursue a career in sho biz... I still refer to it occasionally. not sure what edition they are on now.

I have a pretty good library... the above and Wolf Seeburg's books are my favorites.

Jeff c

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Another great book in the vein of Jeff C's is "The Masters Handbook of Acoustics" by F. Alton Everest. The amount of information in this book is staggering, and it reads "like stereo instructions" but it really helped me get a zen feeling for analyzing a room or location, and what can and can't be done to fix what I didn't like.


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As Jeff mentioned above, "Sound System Engineering" is a great resource. Lots of good information about the mechanics of building a reliable recording system, best practices for constructing devices, tables of resistor values for all types of pads, impedence matching and so on. Not about location recording per se but about how sound travels, how sound is perceived, etc.

Another invaluable resource in the same vein is "Handbook for Sound Engineers" if it is still in print. My copy is from 1988, was edited by Glen Ballou and published by Howard W. Sams and Co.  It covers sound recording and reenforcement at the theoretical level in depth. The sections about specific equipment in my copy are way out of date, but there is still a lot of great information in the book. You never know when detailed instructions on relapping heads will come in handy, after all.....

Your post has inspired me to check for updated editions of both of these books.

Best regards,


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I'll put a vote in for the "Sound Reinforcement Handbook", published by Yamaha and written by Gary Davis and Ralph Jones.


This was the Bible of the industry when I was a concert mixer.

It covers sound and it's propagation, gain structure, pickup patterns and other basic information so vital to being an educated mixer.

Useful as a teaching tool or for reference.

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Anyone read Sound for Digital Video by Tomlinson Holman?  I would imagine it is almost another edition of Sound for Film and Television... but i would like to know if anyone can validate that assumption or if both are equally worth reading?


I have it, and I would say that it's more for entry-level folks doing audio for video. It's still a great resource, and would also be very useful for non-audio people (i.e. DP's, directors) to get an idea of what that crazy person with the fuzzy thing on a stick is talking about.



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