If you’re interested in any of the technical aspects of audio engineering, or amplifier design, here are some books we’ve found interesting, unique and informative.
Audio Systems Design and Installation
by Philip Giddings
Focal Press; 1990. ISBN 0-240-80286-1
This book always accompanies us on studio installations and service calls. It is an indispensable reference on everything involved within an audio facility infrastructure.
Inside Fender and Marshall Tube Amps
by J. C. Maillet
Viva Analog, Inc. 1999 ISBN 0-9684849-0-5http://www.lynx.bc.ca/~jc/
A fascinating deconstruction of the classic Fender and Marshall circuits. Spice simulations, modification suggestions and some really great insight we’ve not seen anywhere else.
Circuit Analysis of a Legendary Tube Amplifier: The Fender Bassman 5F6-A
by Richard Kuehnel
Pentode Press, 2005, 2nd edition ISBN 0-9769882-1-8http://www.pentodepress.com/contents.html
Another deconstruction and more Spice simulations dedicated to one specific (and classic) circuit. The most in-depth study of a MI amp we’ve ever come across.
The entire “The Ultimate Tone” series by Kevin O’Connor. All available from Power Press Publishing:http://www.londonpower.com/
Kevin has obviously spent years experimenting and documenting his findings and written “the book” (actually many books) on musical instrument amplification. Far too much material to go into here, check his site for information. All are highly recommenced!
Mastering Audio; the Art and the Science
by Bob Katz
Focal Press, 2002, ISBN:0-240-80545-3http://www.digido.com/
An in depth guide to the many facets of audio recording, not only mastering by one of the most prolific and highly regarded engineers of the 20th century. Unique insight to Bobs' methods and innovations, particularly his thesis on "The K System". "An integrated approach to metering, monitoring and leveling practices." That chapter alone is priceless.
Great treatments on digital jitter, word length and sample rates. Extensive discussion of dynamic range and the all-too-common overuse of compression/limiting. Plenty of theory and practical information for engineers, but can also give the non-technical musician an introduction and background to the mysterious, yet critical aspect of the recording process known as mastering.