Principles of Digital Audio, Sixth Edition (Electronics)

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9780071663465: Principles of Digital Audio, Sixth Edition (Electronics)

The definitive guide to digital engineering--fully updated

Gain a thorough understanding of digital audio tools, techniques, and practices from this completely revised and expanded resource. Written by industry pioneer and Audio Engineering Society Fellow Ken C. Pohlmann, Principles of Digital Audio, Sixth Edition, describes the technologies behind today's audio equipment in a clear, practical style. Covering basic theory to the latest technological advancements, the book explains how to apply digital conversion, processing, compression, storage, streaming, and transmission concepts. New chapters on Blu-ray, speech coding, and low bit-rate coding are also included in this bestselling guide.

  • Learn about discrete time sampling, quantization, and signal processing
  • Examine details of CD, DVD, and Blu-ray players and discs
  • Encode and decode AAC, MP3, MP4, Dolby Digital, and other files
  • Prepare content for distribution via the Internet and digital radio and television
  • Learn the critical differences between music coding and speech coding
  • Design low bit-rate codecs to optimize memory capacity while preserving fidelity
  • Develop methodologies to evaluate the sound quality of music and speech files
  • Study audio transmission via HDMI, VoIP, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth
  • Handle digital rights management, fingerprinting, and watermarking
  • Understand how one-bit conversion and high-order noise shaping work

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A well-respected textbook in previous versions, this fourth edition of Principles of Digital Audio is a substantial revision of all the chapters, and includes several new sections. From the ground up, this book provides the material you need to master the field of digital audio, with its sophisticated techniques and innovations that have revolutionised both telecommunications and entertainment since it first started to appear.

It starts simply, and builds upon easy concepts in digestible steps towards complexity, dealing along the way with the physics of sound, binary notation and signal processing, and proceeding on to recording, signal error correction, sampling and audio reproduction. It is a repository of basic information about sound and gives a firm grounding in the related mathematics. As an introduction to Digital Audio Tape (DAT) technology, Compact Disk (CD) and DVD, it is second to none, and the source of good historical material as well as brief, lucid technical information.

The earlier editions were famed for excellent diagrams, and this edition won't let you down. Almost any chapter can serve as the launching point for a fascinating journey into new technology presented in such a way that the reader is not daunted by reams of difficult mathematics. The index is very complete and surprisingly helpful, with main discussion topics picked out in bold page numbers. For those wishing to study further there are copious bibliographies to each chapter featuring recent available works. --Wilf Hey

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  • Complete cover of MP3 and WMA codecs and formats
  • MPEG-7 compression
  • Digital radio formats
  • PC-based Desktop recording and audio
  • Virtual surround sound
  • DVD audio
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