Audio industry veteran, record label owner, producer, recording engineer and university professor Mark Waldrep, Ph.D., announces the immediate availability of Music and Audio: A User Guide to Better Sound, an 880-page/300 illustrations, no nonsense reference book on all aspects of audio production and reproduction. The book comes with an accompanying Blu-ray disc (or downloadable files) with 12 high-resolution tracks from the author's award-winning AIX Records label, a variety of format comparisons, mastering and mixing demonstrations, and a complete set of test tones. Music and Audio: A User Guide to Better Sound confronts and challenges a lot of myths and marketing hype audiophiles get pitched every day in the audiophile world. Written in easy-to-follow, non-technical language, the book follows the entire music production process – not just from release format to listener.
Dr. Waldrep stated, "I felt compelled to write this book because I found other resources (books and websites) contain a lot of incorrect information, gave audiophiles bad advice, and pushed for expensive solutions and accessories instead of common sense alternatives. As an audio professional who has spent a lifetime in recording studios engineering and/or producing high-end audio, I felt it was important to provide a more balanced picture about how recording fidelity is established in the studio, how audiophiles can maximize it at home, and how to avoid expensive mistakes."
The book contains 20 chapters on music theory, audio basics, recording techniques, audio formats, source components, speakers, acoustics, cables and more. The author challenges the merits of formats like DSD, DXD, and MQA with interviews and reasoned technical analysis. Both subjective and objective approaches to enhancing audio listening are explored.
The final chapter features interviews with prominent industry experts including: Robert Stuart of Meridian and MQA, Andreas Koch of Playback Designs, Richard Schram of Parasound Products, John Siau of Benchmark Media, Brian Lucey of Magic Garden Mastering, Gavin Lurssen of Gavin Lurssen Mastering, Sam Berkow of SIA Acoustics, Bob Hodas of Bob Hodas Acoustic Analysis, Ken Caillat, Grammy-winning engineer and producer of Fleetwood Mac, Robert Margouleff, Grammy-winning engineer for Stevie Wonder, Jonathan Reichbach of Sonic Studio/Amarra, and John Keane, musician, producer, and Emmy-nominated composer for television and film.
Music and Audio: A User Guide to Better Sound is exclusively available at http://musicandaudioguide.com. Readers can select a variety of formats including paperback or eBook with Blu-ray or downloadable files. The retail price ranges from $39.95 to 79.95.