When the first edition of the Handbook for Sound Engineers came out in 1987, it was subtitled The New Audio Cyclopedia so that people who were familiar with Howard Tremain’s Audio Cyclopedia would understand that this is an updated version of it. When the third edition came out in 2002, the subtitle was dropped and the Handbook for Sound Engineers has stood on its own since.

We have seen a tremendous change in the field of sound and acoustics since 1987. Digital has certainly made its place in all forms of audio, but analog systems will still be around for a long time. After all, sound is analog and the transfer of sound waves to a microphone is analog, and from the loudspeaker to our ears is analog. However, as Steve Dove said, “digital ...

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