Gina Fant-Saez's Pro Tools for Musicians and Songwriters provides insights on recording professional demos at home, with techniques on editing tracks, adding effects and outputting songs onto a CD. Also available are downloadable audio files from www.protoolsformusicians.com. Peachpit, $44.99.
Don Davis (co-founder of Synergetic Audio Concepts) and Eugene Patronis (professor emeritus of physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology) has updated Sound System Engineering, Third Edition, with topics that run the gamut of sound system design from the simplest all-analog paging system to the largest multipurpose digital systems. Topics include interfacing electrical and acoustical systems, loudspeaker directivity and coverage, designing for speech intelligibility, loudspeakers and loudspeaker arrays, and sound system equalization, among many others. Sound System Engineering comes packed with numerous illustrations and useful appendices. Focal Press, $79.95.