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Best Sound Design Books Worth Your Attention

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Sound Design books.

1. Sound Systems: Design and Optimization: Modern Techniques and Tools for Sound System Design and Alignment (2016)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your AttentionSound Systems: Design and Optimization provides an accessible and unique perspective on the behavior of sound systems in the practical world. The third edition reflects current trends in the audio field thereby providing readers with the newest methodologies and techniques. In this greatly expanded new edition, you’ll find clearer explanations, a more streamlined organization, increased coverage of current technologies and comprehensive case studies of the author’s award-winning work in the field. As the only book devoted exclusively to modern…
Author(s): Bob McCarthy

2. Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema (2002)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your AttentionOffers user-friendly knowledge and stimulating exercises to help compose story, develop characters and create emotion through skillful creation of the sound track. #200,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #128 in Literature Encyclopedias #67 in Movie Encyclopedias #242 in Video Direction & Production (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): David Sonnenschein

3. Electronic Music and Sound Design – Theory and Practice with Max 8 – Volume 1 (Fourth Edition) (2019)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your Attention(Fourth Edition updated for MAX 8) Structured for use in university courses, the book is an overview of the theory and practice of Max and MSP, with a glossary of terms and suggested tests that allow students to evaluate their progress. Comprehensive online support, running parallel to the explanations in the book, includes hundreds of sample patches, analyses, interactive sound-building exercises, and reverse engineering exercises. This book will provide a reader with skill and understanding in using Max/MSP for sound design and musical composition. #189,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #250 in Web Design (Books) #336…
Author(s): Alessandro Cipriani, Maurizio Giri

4. Sound Design for Moving Image: From Concept to Realization (Required Reading Range) (2018)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your AttentionSound Design for Moving Image offers a clear introduction to sound design theory and practice to help you integrate sound ideas into your productions. Contemporary soundtracks are often made up of hundreds of separate tracks, and thousands of individual sounds, including elements of dialogue, music and sound effects. As a result, many budding filmmakers find them a daunting prospect, and are tempted to leave sound to the last stages of post-production. This book, from award-winning Sound Designer Kahra Scott-James, encourages you to incorporate sound into your pre-production planning, to make the most of this powerful narrative tool….
Author(s): Kahra Scott-James

5. The Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects (2008)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your AttentionThe Sound Effects Bible is a complete guide to recording and editing sound effects. The book covers topics such as microphone selection, field recorders, the ABCs of digital audio, understanding Digital Audio Workstations, building your own Foley stage, designing your own editing studio, and more. #390,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #230 in Movie Reference #553 in Movie Direction & Production #519 in Video Direction & Production (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Ric Viers

6. Welsh’s Synthesizer Cookbook: Synthesizer Programming, Sound Analysis, and Universal Patch Book (2006)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your AttentionThis book covers ground that is often left untouched by other synthesizer books and was written to fulfill the wishes voiced by synth programmers. Section one explains the parts of an analog synth in detail using harmonic and waveform analysis to make clear exactly what each synth parameter does. Section two is probably the most important section added to the new edition and it explains through examples how to use freely available harmonic and waveform analysis software to analyze and recreate patches from other synths, sounds found in songs, and the synthesis of acoustic instruments. Section three contains all 102 of the…
Author(s): Fred Welsh

7. The Art of Theatrical Sound Design: A Practical Guide (Backstage) (2018)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your AttentionEmphasising the artistry behind the decisions made by theatrical sound designers, this guide is for anyone seeking to understand the nature of sound and how to apply it to the stage. Through tried-and-tested advice and lessons in practical application, The Art of Theatrical Sound Design allows developing artists to apply psychology, physiology, sociology, anthropology and all aspects of sound phenomenology to theatrical sound design. Structured in three parts, the book explores, theoretically, how human beings perceive the vibration of sound;…
Author(s): Victoria Deiorio

8. Small Signal Audio Design (2014)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your AttentionLearn to use inexpensive and readily available parts to obtain state-of-the-art performance in all the vital parameters of noise, distortion, crosstalk and so on. With ample coverage of preamplifiers and mixers and a new chapter on headphone amplifiers, this practical handbook provides an extensive repertoire of circuits that can be put together to make almost any type of audio system. A resource packed full of valuable information, with virtually every page revealing nuggets of specialized knowledge not found elsewhere. Essential points of theory that bear on…
Author(s): Douglas Self

9. Sound and Music for the Theatre (2015)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your AttentionCovering every phase of a theatrical production, this fourth edition of Sound and Music for the Theatre traces the process of sound design from initial concept through implementation in actual performances. The book discusses the early evolution of sound design and how it supports the play, from researching sources for music and effects, to negotiating a contract. It shows you how to organize the construction of the sound design elements, how the designer functions in a rehearsal, and how to set up and train an operator to run sound equipment. This instructive information is interspersed with ‘war stores’…
Author(s): Deena Kaye, James Lebrecht

10. Sound Design Theory and Practice: Working with Sound (2019)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your AttentionSound Design Theory and Practice is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the concepts which underpin the creative decisions that inform the creation of sound design. A fundamental problem facing anyone wishing to practice, study, teach or research about sound is the lack of a theoretical language to describe the way sound is used and a comprehensive and rigorous overarching framework that describes all forms of sound. With the recent growth of interest in sound studies, there is an urgent need to provide scholarly resources that can be used to inform both the practice and analysis of sound. Using a…
Author(s): Leo Murray

11. Electronic Music and Sound Design – Theory and Practice with Max 7 – Volume 1 (Third Edition) (2016)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your Attention(Third Edition updated for MAX 7) Structured for use in university courses, the book is an overview of the theory and practice of Max and MSP, with a glossary of terms and suggested tests that allow students to evaluate their progress. Comprehensive online support, running parallel to the explanations in the book, includes hundreds of sample patches, analyses, interactive sound-building exercises, and reverse engineering exercises. This book will provide a reader with skill and understanding in using Max/MSP for sound design and musical composition. #929,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1520 in Music Techniques (Books) #1936…
Author(s): Alessandro Cipriani, Maurizio Giri

12. Electronic Music and Sound Design – Theory and Practice with Max 7 – Volume 2 (Second Edition) (2017)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your Attention(Second Edition updated for MAX 7) This is the second in a series of three volumes dedicated to digital synthesis and sound design. It is part of a teaching method incorporating a substantial amount of online supporting materials: hundreds of sound examples and interactive examples, programs written in Max, as well as a library of Max objects created especially for this book. Structured for use in university courses, the book is an overview of the theory and practice of Max/MSP, with a glossary of terms and suggested tests that allow students to evaluate their…
Author(s): Alessandro Cipriani, Maurizio Giri

13. Post Sound Design: The Art and Craft of Audio Post Production for the Moving Image (The CineTech Guides to the Film Crafts) (2017)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your AttentionPost Sound Design provides a practical introduction to the fascinating craft of editing and replacing dialog, creating Foley and sound effects, editing music, and balancing these elements to a final mix. Based on years of experience and teaching this material to students at Drexel University, award-winning film composer John Avarese offers user-friendly knowledge and stimulating exercises to help compose story, develop characters and create emotion through skillful creation of the sound track. Starting each chapter with a real-life example, the textbook is structured in such a way to create a fundamental…
Author(s): John Avarese, David Landau

14. SOUND DESIGN FOR BEGINNERS: How to Make Jaw-Dropping Sounds for Your Song by Discovering the Essential Basics of Synthesis & Sound Engineering (Best … Digital Audio Producers & Music Producers) (2019)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your AttentionLet’s face it. You want to make awesome sounds for your track, but they always end up horribly weak, lame and amateurish. That’s why EDM producer, CEO and best-selling author Cep from Screech House shares the essential basics of synthesis you must understand first to do high-quality sound design. Only available within this book. By using a synthesizer, you always face these typical problems. The huge lack of understanding how to recreate those sounds from your favorite artists. The frustrating long hours you have to put in to make your sounds unique, yet they still end up ruining your song. The time, money and energy you…
Author(s): Screech House

15. The Sound System Design Primer (2019)

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your AttentionThe Sound System Design Primer is an introduction to the many topics, technologies, and sub-disciplines that make up contemporary sound systems design. Written in clear, conversational language for those who do not have an engineering background, or who think more in language than in numbers, The Sound System Design Primer provides a solid foundation in this expanding discipline for students, early/mid-career system designers, creative and content designers seeking a better grasp on the technical side of things, and non-sound professionals who want or need to be able to speak…
Author(s): Josh Loar

Best Sound Design Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some sound design books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Sound Works: A Cultural Theory of Sound Design

Author(s): Holger Schulze; Carla J. Maier; Julia Krause
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2369968

Computational Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Design: 8th International Conference, EvoMUSART 2019, Held as Part of EvoStar 2019, Leipzig, Germany, April 24–26, 2019, Proceedings

Author(s): Anikó Ekárt, Antonios Liapis, María Luz Castro Pena
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 41 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2407989

The Sound System Design Primer

Author(s): Loar, Josh
Publisher: Routledge;CRC, Year: 2019, Size: 123 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2417717

Frontiers of Sound in Design

Author(s): Doriana Dal Palù, Claudia De Giorgi, Beatrice Lerma, Eleonora Buiatti
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2250905

Computational Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Design

Author(s): Antonios Liapis, Juan Jesús Romero Cardalda, Anikó Ekárt
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 48 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2251056

Aaron Marks' Complete Guide to Game Audio: For Composers, Sound Designers, Musicians, and Game Developers

Author(s): MARKS, AARON
Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press, Year: 2017, Size: 52 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1679493

Computational Intelligence in Music, Sound, Art and Design: 6th International Conference, EvoMUSART 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 19–21, 2017, Proceedings

Author(s): João Correia, Vic Ciesielski, Antonios Liapis (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 57 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1699378

Game audio development with Unity 5.X : design a blockbuster game soundtrack with Unity 5.X

Author(s): Lanham, Micheal
Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: 2017, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2187285

Evolutionary and Biologically Inspired Music, Sound, Art and Design: 5th International Conference, EvoMUSART 2016, Porto, Portugal, March 30 -- April 1, 2016, Proceedings

Author(s): Colin Johnson, Vic Ciesielski, João Correia, Penousal Machado (eds.)
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2016, Size: 25 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1533288

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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