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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I have been searching but I don't exactly know how to categorize it.

I want to know: what is the study of audio, in references of sound waves, spl, db, speakers, subs, tweeters, frequencies, impedance etc.

Does anyone know what I mean?

I know a bit but I want to acquire more knowledge on the subject.

 

I have been told it would be an audio engineer or acoustic engineer, but that seems to be different. 

I think I am talking about multiple studies at this point because it seems its partly physics.

post #2 of 12

Heya,

 

Generally it's physics and chemistry. All the meat & potatoes is explained and proven via those.

 

If you've taken the college chemistry panel, you'll have most of the tools you need from just those two entry classes. Then you move on to very specialized courses and/or subjects.


Very best,

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank you very much, I am going to see if I can find some physics and chemistry classes on one of the free online colleges. I am not going for a degree but I have a passion for gaining knowledge.

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Nympho View Post
 

Thank you very much, I am going to see if I can find some physics and chemistry classes on one of the free online colleges. I am not going for a degree but I have a passion for gaining knowledge.

And since you mentioned impedance you might be interested in the Study of Audio Reproduction [correct if I'm wrong and I most likely am] ? Which is a lot of electronics, or Algebra and physics I assume... either way I hear you there on wanting to learn more! I'd have gone into some kind of Audio Related field if I had the means too do so :3 

 

either way you can also check out the Sound Science thread here at head fi as well! Those cats know a lot about the "meat and patatoes" of sound! If your SERIOUS about learning, I'd say they are a heck of an awesome free knowledge... Library almost! 

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

And since you mentioned impedance you might be interested in the Study of Audio Reproduction [correct if I'm wrong and I most likely am] ? Which is a lot of electronics, or Algebra and physics I assume... either way I hear you there on wanting to learn more! I'd have gone into some kind of Audio Related field if I had the means too do so :3 

 

either way you can also check out the Sound Science thread here at head fi as well! Those cats know a lot about the "meat and patatoes" of sound! If your SERIOUS about learning, I'd say they are a heck of an awesome free knowledge... Library almost! 

I will check out the "Sound Science thread" and yes, I think a lot of my inquiry does reference two roads, the use of impedance in music etc. and the what is impedance can be venue'd. 

post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Nympho View Post
 

I will check out the "Sound Science thread" and yes, I think a lot of my inquiry does reference two roads, the use of impedance in music etc. and the what is impedance can be venue'd. 

well simply put impedance is resitance, restiance to the flow of electrons [I think] I'll let teh sound science guys elbarote on that! 

post #7 of 12

Well , there is something which my Dad taught me ........ to be quick he's into polymers , we started with nothing , he started reading and going polymer fests all over the world gaining knowledge from the simplest of things and now we provide raw materials (For specific parts) to companies like (Talking about automotive specifically) Ferrari,BMW,VW,Renault and several other Indian companies like TATA and Mahindra ...... with so many people in this world you have to think different do stuff in a different way ..........Do whatever feels right in terms of gaining knowledge and you will do something big  :)

 

BTW - My Dad has no degrees and he  left college to join my Grandfathers business .......... 

 

Hope that helps :)

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by MrTechAgent View Post
 

Well , there is something which my Dad taught me ........ to be quick he's into polymers , we started with nothing , he started reading and going polymer fests all over the world gaining knowledge from the simplest of things and now we provide raw materials (For specific parts) to companies like (Talking about automotive specifically) Ferrari,BMW,VW,Renault and several other Indian companies like TATA and Mahindra ...... with so many people in this world you have to think different do stuff in a different way ..........Do whatever feels right in terms of gaining knowledge and you will do something big  :)

 

BTW - My Dad has no degrees and he  left college to join my Grandfathers business .......... 

 

Hope that helps :)

Neato! I do like the Computer industry so I have no qualms about getting into to it, and chances are I'll branch off into something audio related down the line. What's more dangerous than audioPhile PC Tech working for a recording studio :3. I could defeinatly see my self just stumbling upon some small Audio Related company that just happens to need some one to maintain there Networks and trouble shoot their PC's. I have a knack for finding the right people at the right time 

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Nympho View Post
 

I have been searching but I don't exactly know how to categorize it.

I want to know: what is the study of audio, in references of sound waves, spl, db, speakers, subs, tweeters, frequencies, impedance etc.

Does anyone know what I mean?

I know a bit but I want to acquire more knowledge on the subject.

 

I have been told it would be an audio engineer or acoustic engineer, but that seems to be different.

I think I am talking about multiple studies at this point because it seems its partly physics.

 

Acoustical engineering really has its basis in Mechanical Engineering.  That's the discipline that encapsulates most of the curricula - physics, materials science, kinematics, and structural science - even electricity.  From a fairly common source - "Acoustical engineering is one of many other sub disciplines of mechanical engineering and is the application of acoustics."

post #10 of 12

This stuff all intrigues me so much because my father was very in to this, but I'm more of a producer.

 

All this stuff overwhelms me so much.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by thisissomebs View Post
 

This stuff all intrigues me so much because my father was very in to this, but I'm more of a producer.

 

All this stuff overwhelms me so much.

Engineers are producers.  It's scientists that never accomplish very much. ;)

post #12 of 12
Every time I read a thread like this I am struck by the difference between engineering at a small company versus a large company.

In a large company, (eg D&M or Sony) there are many specialties. They have industrial design engineers that just design the plastic inserts inside the box, and other engineers that design the mechanical assembly of the headband, and still other engineers that select the material used for the foam in the cups. Young engineers come out of school and say they want to be in "design", because they think they will be inventing the next generation of products. WRONG. The initial product development is done by teams of very senior employees - product managers, product marketers & engineers. They develop the "vision" - the concept for the new product - then it is broken into all its component parts & processes and distributed across all the specialties in the company.

Now compare that to the small company - where a handful of folks do it ALL - from concept to delivery. When you work for a small company, you have to have knowledge that spans dozens of disciplines - Electrical Engineering, Materials, Manufacturing, Packaging, Quality - even Accounting & Marketing. That's why so many of the folks that are the brains behind a small boutique audio company previously worked for medium or large companies. A young new graduate getting a job at a small shop is pretty rare - it happens, but it's probably mostly because the little company is strapped for cash and can't afford to pay for experience. The founders of the successful little companies are usually veterans of larger companies.

For example, let's look at two of head-fi's favorite boutique manufacturers:
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Schiit got started when two audio industry veterans decided it was time to shake things up a bit. The two audiophiles are Jason Stoddard, formerly of Sumo, and Mike Moffat, formerly of Theta. Together, they have designed dozens of audio and A/V products, from the Andromeda III to the Cobalt 307 to the DS Pre and Angstrom 200.
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MrSpeakers was founded by Dan Clark, an electrical engineer who has been working in and around the high-end audio market for more than twenty years, and who has designed a number of commercial and custom loudspeaker solutions, including the highly-regarded and award winning Platinum Audio speakers from the late 1990's.
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