All you need to know about good acoustics and sound systems in performance and worship spaces!
Everyone knows that the ability to hear music in balance and to understand speech is essential in any space used for performance or worship. Unfortunately, in the early 21st century, we find that buildings with good acoustics are the exception rather than the rule. Much of the fault leading to this result can be traced to the widespread perception that acoustics is a black art. In fact, scientific acoustics as developed in the last century is a well-defined engineering practice that can lead to predictable excellent results.
A basic, non-engineering understanding of acoustics will help building owners, theater managers, ministers and teachers of music, performers, and other professionals to achieve their goals of excellent acoustics in venues with which they work. Performers having a basic understanding of acoustics will be able to make the most of the acoustics of the venue in which they perform.
This book helps those responsible for providing good acoustics in performance and worship spaces to understand the variables and choices entailed in proper acoustic design for performance and worship. Practicing acoustical consultants will find the book a useful reference as well. The level of presentation is comfortable and straightforward without being simplistic. If correct acoustical principles are incorporated into the design, renovation, and maintenance of performance and worship venues, good acoustics will be the result.
"Anyone responsible for sound systems and acoustics in the operation of a performance venue or worship space will find this book an excellent and very readable reference for filling in gaps in their experience and education."
Noral Stewart, Ph.D. (Founder of Stewart Acoustical Consultants, Inc., past chair of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants, and a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the American Society of Tests and Measurement.)
"Dr. Honeycutt has explored an often-avoided topic by both acoustic and amplified music performers. His depth of understanding of acoustics is matched by a gift for transforming complicated information and terminology into practical explanation and application suggestions."
JoAnn Poston Hill, DMA (Lifelong music educator and founding director of the Lexington, NC Choral Society. She has directed concerts in many venues, including the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.)
About the author:
Richard A. Honeycutt has been interested in acoustics since his ninthgrade year. He earned a B.S. in Physics from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D. with a specialization in Electroacoustics from The Union Institute. He has served as chair of the North Carolina regional Chapter of the ASA, is a member of the AES, and operates his own acoustical consulting firm: EDC Sound Services.
|Author(s)||Richard A. Honeycutt|