Sound for Film and Television With Accompanying Audio CD

Sound for Film and Television With Accompanying Audio CD

by Tomlinson Holman

Paperback(Older Edition)

$51.95

Overview

You might not know his name, but you know his initials (THX). Tom Holman's experiments have changed filmmaking for the better. Written by the 1996 winner of the Cinema Audio Society's Career Achievement Award, Sound for Film and Television covers the broad field of sound accompanying pictures, from the fundamentals through recording, editing, and mixing for films, documentaries, and television shows. The book provides a solid grounding in all aspects of the sound process. Basic principles are presented with illustrations on how they affect the day-to-day activities on a film or television set, in the editing room, and in the mix room. The accompanying audio CD demonstrates the key concepts discussed in the book.

Sound for Film and Television bridges the gap between production oriented books which lack the detail and theory presented here, and design engineering oriented books that offer too little content for working professionals. Emphasis is on the principles involved rather than specific equipment, with illustrations from actual production and post-production activities. The book provides an overall introduction to the fascinating field of recording, editing, mixing, and exhibiting film and television audio. It strikes a balance between aesthetic and technical content, combining theory and practice, to approach sound as both an art and a science, as no other text has before.

Tomlinson Holman is best known for his development of new products and processes in the fields of audio and video (with his patents licensed to more than 45 companies) including the THX Sound System, Home THX, THX Digital Mastering, and the Apt/Holman Preamplifier. He is also a professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. Holman has started a new company, TMH Corporation, to continue supplying the industry with technical developments, such as MicroTheater, a desk-top based sound monitoring system designed so that filmmakers can make decisions in an editorial environment that previously required a full mixing theater. In addition to the Career Achievement Award of the Cinema Audio Society, Holman has received fellowships from the Audio Engineering Society, the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He also received the Samuel L. Warner Medal for progress in film sound and the Eastman Kodak Gold Medal for the use of film in education from SMPTE.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780240802916
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 10.85(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tomlinson Holman is President of TMH Corporation and one of the prominent figures in audio today. He is widely known for his development of new products and processes in the field of audio and video, including the THX Sound System, Home THX (with his patents licensed to more than 45 companies), and the THX Digital Mastering program developed while he was Corporate Technical Director at Lucasfilm, Ltd. He has won career achievement awards from CAS and the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association. Mr. Holman is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He is Co-Chairman of the Audio Engineering Society Task Force on High-Capacity Audio.
Tomlinson Holman is President of TMH Corporation and one of the prominent figures in audio today. He is widely known for his development of new products and processes in the field of audio and video, including the THX Sound System, Home THX (with his patents licensed to more than 45 companies), and the THX Digital Mastering program developed while he was Corporate Technical Director at Lucasfilm, Ltd. He has won career achievement awards from CAS and the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association. Mr. Holman is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He is Co-Chairman of the Audio Engineering Society Task Force on High-Capacity Audio.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Objective Sound: An Old Story, Properties of Physical Sound, The Importance of Sine Waves, Sympathetic Vibration and Resonance, Phase, Influences on Sound Propagation, Room Acoustics, Room Modes or Standing Waves, Noise, Scaling the Dimensions, Bibliography; Psychoacoustics: Introduction, The Physical Ear, Auditory Sensitivity vs. Frequency, What's Wrong with the DeciBel—Magnitude scaling, Spatial Perception, Auditory Pattern and Object Perception, Information Used to Separate Auditory Objects, Speech Perception, Speech for Film and Television, Conclusion, Bibliography; Audio Fundamentals: Audio Defined, Signals: Analog and Digital, Level, Interconnections, Linear and Non-Linear Distortion, Digital Audio Specific Problems; Microphones and Techniques of Their Use: Pressure Microphones, Pressure-Gradient Microphones, Combinations of Pressure and Pressure-Gradient Responding Microphones, Microphone Types By Method of Transduction, Microphone Types By Directivity (Polar Patterns), Microphone Specifications, Microphone Accessories, Microphone Techniques—Mono, Typical Nonaural Recording Situations, Stereophonic Microphone Technique, Worldized or Futzed Recording; Production Sound Mixing: Production Sound Consoles: Processes, Production Sound Mixers: Signal Routing, Mixing, Getting a Shot Started, Dialog Overlaps, Crowd Scenes, Auxiliary Functions of Mixers, Logging, Shooting To Playback, Time Code, Other Technical Activities in Production, Set Politics; Recording: Double-System Recording, Sound on Video Tape, Direct Analog Magnetic Recording, FM Recording, Digital Recording, A Little History, Tape Recording Formats, Film Recording Formats, Ingredients of Tape Recording, Limitations of Magnetic Tape Recording, Companding Systems, Aesthetic Factors on Tape Recording, Setting the Level; Synchronization: Sprocket Hole Sync, Pilot Tone Sync, FM Sync, Requirements for Synchronization, Resolving, Principle of Traceability, Slating, SMPTE Time Code Sync, Transfers: Methods For Standardizing Transfer Levels, Analog Systems, Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog Systems, Modification During Transfer; Editing: Overall Scheme, Feature Film Production, Documentary Production, Television Sitcom, Audio Tape Editing Mechanics, Film Editing, Computer-based Digital Audio Editing, A Specific Production Example, Sound Design, Sound Editing, Dialog Editing Specialization, Music Editing Specialization, Sound Effects Editing Specialization; Mixing: Punch-in/Punch-out Recording, Mixing Consoles, Processes, Level, Dynamic Range Control, Processes Primarily Affecting Frequency Response, Processes Affecting Primarily the Time Domain, Configuration, Automation; From Print Masters to Exhibition: Print Maser Types, Sound Negatives, Theater and Dubbing Stage Sound Systems, Sound Systems for Video; Glossary; Index.

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