Pyschological Acoustics

  • John Eargle


Psychological acoustics, or psychoacoustics, deals with the subjective nature of hearing, and the intention of this chapter is to cover those aspects of the subject that the recording engineer will deal with in his daily work. Such topics as loudness phenomena, sound image localization, pitch perception, masking, and the all-important subject of hearing protection will be discussed.


Sound Source Sound Pressure Level Pure Tone Phantom Image Critical Band 
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