Before you pound your head on your keyboard thinking "Oh great, another noob wanting to know everything about something" let me clarify the goal of this thread. Simply put, I'm just seeking the information regarding the acoustics, mechanics and mathematics of box building (I'm mainly interested in ported/vented box building).
Here's the story: I currently run an Sundown SA-12 on a Rockford T500-1BD @ 1ohm in my trunk adjoined with the cabin. While the custom box the original seller built me sounds great, I think there's room for improvement. Rather than using a box builder I wanted to build something totally custom and understand the acoustics behind it so I know exactly how it should sound before I ever turn on my ignition. What I found was a lot of basic information about ported vs. sealed vs. bandpass boxes and the pros and cons of each but nothing that actually told me how to build one other than using software to do the work for me. I've read about guys who really know what they're doing building amazing boxes for their applications and I'm guessing they don't just sit down and follow 5-step instructions. I understand that port tune, material, volume, port surface area, etc all help determine how it will actually sound, but I want to know the math behind that software and how those numbers affect the performance.
Here's the catch, I'm NOT asking for somebody to sit down and spend the next two hours of their life teaching me quantum physics. I'm just asking for help finding the articles and explanations I need to learn. I'll do the reading, but if somebody could provide book titles, web links, thread links or any insightful information that will help me learn beyond an entry level, that would be awesome. Thanks guys.