Electronic Engineering for Audio Dummies

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by straatocastoer, Jan 7, 2005.

  1. Can anyone recommend a good source for electrical engineering in the audio field for someone whose entire knowledge boils down to knowing how to change a tube and how to plug stuff in? I kind of feel like a race car driver that only knows how to put gas in a car to 'make it work.' If I am going to consider myself a recording engineer, I need to know what goes on inside all of my beautiful little boxes. I need to learn about what makes them work, how they affect signal, how to identify high-quality circuitry, and ... well ... EVERYTHING!

    Any ideas for websites to visit, books to read, or magazines to subscribe to? I would only be interested in audio equipment here, I'm not looking to become a robotics master or a tv repairman.
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    have you searched the net ?

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    a few of these links are dead now but if you think about it you may stumble to a solution
    could even try my site

    very big subject and I could provide a huge list on links but it might be better to narrow down where you want to start.
  3. Thanks for replying. Yes, I did Google the subject, and I suppose that I will start with a Forrest Mims book as a primer. I am looking for possible direction to keep my studies on audio circuits (mic pres, mixers, microphones, effects processors, etc.) as opposed to robotics projects, video equipment, and computer circuits.

    Does this make a bit of sense?
  4. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    It does
    I think most people know I like the DIY approach to learning and I always recomend some level of making things for your studio.

    This does mean a couple of tools that do carry some expense.
    Soldering iron and cutters pliers etc ...

    start wth making Cables
    don't laugh as this means you must understand about TS, TRS, XL .. balanced and unbalanced.
    See a Rane application note about such things

    Patch panels
    if your studio is big enough for a patch panel this is important as SO much happens right here

    Make some DI boxes .. passive and active
    never have too many ... this can include the re-amplify types of things
    so many people just don't get the interfacing of equipment

    Make a couple of passive VU meters with various input and loop connectors options
    this is a must and again people just don't get it

    Make a simple cheap op-amp based +/-15 volt Dual Mic-pre.
    This contains so many lessons about audio in one project.

    If you get this far ... the world opens and many myths vanish ...
    but beware as a little knowledge is dangerous.

    don't get carried away with this place and just sit back and read
    I'm never far away if you need me.
  5. Thank you so much for your post, your suggestions are exactly what I was looking for. I feel like I am pointed in the right direction now, and I just need to spend some time with my nose in books, my hands on a soldering iron, and my mind on the subject.
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