Sound Systems: Design & Optimization – 2nd Edition

The second edition came off the press in October of this year and I am quite happy with the result. First thing is that the book can sit on your lap or a table without flopping around. The graphics came out much better. I was able to get them reformatted so as to get the most crtical elements like MAPP and FFT plots to the maximum size allowable on the page.  I also was much more directive in getting related graphics – like a series of 4 plots,  to be placed together on the page so that they can be viewed together. This was not a minor effort. Probably 80% of the graphics were reworked but this time the effort seem to pay off.  When I open the book – the sizes seem right and most importantly the data is visually clear enough to prove the points being made.

I have over two years of teaching experience behind me with the old book, and this was very helpful in terms of guidance toward the second edition.  I expanded on things that were found to be the most useful in my seminars and reduced some areas that were redundant as well as ones that repeated themselves or said the same thing over again, repeatedly.  While the publisher gave me a goal of 25% new material and 15% longer than the 1st edition, I just felt it would be cruel and unusual punishment to add 75 pages.  I did manage the 25% new material but increased the density so that the expansion is less than 8% (40 pages). I have yet to hear a complaint that my book was too short so I tried my best NOT to make it longer.

The section on cardioid subwoofers was expanded and contains a much improved explanation of how the steering occurs and how frequency affects the directionality of subs.

The discussion of the behavior of modern line array speakers was also expanded and includes the use of all-pass filters for beam steering.

The design chapters were reworked very heavily with a much more linear set of design procedures for deriving models, spacing, splay angles etc.

A final chapter was added that provides example design for a theatre, concert hall, arena and house of worship. This chapter brings together all the concepts described previously and is almost entirely graphical (about 200 new graphics were created for it).  

Hopefully this will help clarify what’s new. Any comments are welcome



  1. Daniel Lundberg says

    Indeed, I’ve read it over the past few days and it’s fantastic. Information is clear and bountiful, and the sarcastic tone is amusing. Still experimenting with a lot of the ideas in MAPP, and I’ve been busy making spreadsheet calculators based on Ch. 9. Thank you!

    • Thanks for the feedback Daniel,

      I do try to inject some humor in there to keep things from getting to dry and sleepy. My teenager daughter is very quick to point out though that “Dad, you are NOT funny” but that has not stopped me.

      I am curious as to what you come up with in your CH9 spreadsheets. Shoot me a copy of whatever you work out. I would love to see it.


  2. I got mine!

  3. Joey Ferri says

    “reduced some areas that were redundant as well as ones that repeated themselves or said the same thing over again, repeatedly.”

    You one funny guy!

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