Principles of Digital Audio, Sixth Edition (Digital Video/Audio)
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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.
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THE #1 BEST-SELLING BOOK ON DIGITAL AUDIO ENGINEERING
This definitive text provides comprehensive coverage of today’s leading digital audio technologies as well as a thorough survey of fundamentals and theory. Written by well-known audio engineering expert and best-selling author Ken Pohlmann, four previous editions have been valued for their clear explanations and have been widely used as college texts and professional references. The fifth edition of Principles of Digital Audio has been extensively updated and revised to reflect ongoing widespread changes in the audio industry.
Beginning with an in-depth discussion of digital audio recording and reproduction, the text then details perceptual low bit-rate coding, CD and DVD disc formats, digital audio broadcasting, internet and network audio, and DSP. From the basic theory to the latest technological advancements, Principles of Digital Audio completely covers this multifaceted field, including topics such as:
ALL THE ESSENTIALS OF DIGITAL AUDIO
* Sound and Numbers * Fundamental Theory * Digital Audio Recording * Digital Audio Reproduction * Error Correction * Digital Audio Tape * Optical Disc Storage * Compact Disc and SACD * Recordable CD * Interconnection * Perceptual Coding: Theory and Applications * MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 * MP3 Codec * MPEG-4 and AAC * Psychoacoustic Models * Surround Sound Coding * Lossless Coding * DVD-Video and DVD-Audio * Recordable DVD * HD-DVD and Blu-ray * Minidisc * Desktop Audio * Network Audio * Downloadable and Streaming Internet Audio * File Formats * Digital Rights Management * Watermarking and Encryption * MPEG-7 * Digital Radio and TV Broadcasting * HD Radio * Satellite Radio * Digital Audio Workstations * Digital Signal Processing: Theory and Applications * Sigma Delta Conversion and Noise Shaping
About the Author
Ken Pohlmann, a professor emeritus and former director of the Music Engineering program at the University of Miami, is a consultant for audio manufacturers. He is the author of several audio engineering books and is a monthly contributor to Sound & Vision magazine. Pohlmann chaired the Audio Engineering Society's International Conference on Digital Audio, and co-chaired the International Conference on Internet Audio.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful.
Good reference for electronics engineers
First off, this book is in its fifth edition, and Amazon has lumped together reviews of all editions of this book. So the oldest review shown, written in 1998, is speaking of the 3rd edition, and reviews written prior to 2005 are talking about the 4th edition.
This book is more about the principles of digital audio hardware design than anything. The author, also a college professor, starts with the absolute beginning and the binary number system, sampling, quantization, aliasing, and dither and then moves into all of the topics that you need to design and analyze modern digital audio systems. However, if the information in the first two chapters is news to you, chances are the rest of the book will be over your head. The book is full of flow charts, frequency response diagrams, and detailed block diagrams of actual systems. What it is lacking in is any kind of signal processing mathematics to explain the detailed theory behind what is being covered. There is a chapter entitled "Digital Signal Processing", but it barely introduces and defines the terms. It does show some assembly code for performing some simple filtering tasks, though, but that's the extent of the coverage. If you didn't know DSP before you read this chapter, you certainly won't know it after you read this chapter. The book does a pretty good job of discussing some of the more popular audio standards including MP3. I think this book is best suited for someone with an electronics/electrical engineering background that already knows the theory of digital signal processing and wants to apply that knowledge to the actual design and analysis of digital audio processing systems. Amazon shows the table of contents from the 4th edition, so I show the detailed table of contents for the 5th edition here:
Sound and Numbers
Digital Audio Recording
Digital Audio Reproduction
Digital Audio Tape
Optical Disc Storage
Compact Disc and SACD
Perceptual Coding: Theory and Applications
MPEG-1 and MPEG-2
MPEG-4 and AAC
Surround Sound Coding
DVD-Video and DVD-Audio
HD-DVD and Blu-ray
Downloadable and Streaming Internet Audio
Digital Rights Management
Watermarking and Encryption
Digital Radio and TV Broadcasting
Digital Audio Workstations
Digital Signal Processing: Theory and Applications
Sigma Delta Conversion and Noise Shaping
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
This Book is the BOMB! The Nuts and Bolts of Sound
By Amber FLYNN
I mean it. When this book drops into your lap, you will feel the weight of it. And its Meaty! My Audio Engineering teacher told me that if you wanted to know everything about sound, then buy this book. So... I did.
I don't think I will ever understand everything in this book.... in this lifetime.... but I am glad that when I may need to.... its here in this book! All of it.
What does it cover? Everything from the Physics of Sound to the Fundamentals of Digital Audio, Recording Digital Audio, Optical Disc Media (and how that came about), Compact Discs, DVD, BluRay, Coding, Digital Signal Processing.
It is precise. It is in-depth. And its very heady and codey. Is that a word? But for school ... when i don't understand something about Sound I know this book will have it.
So, if you are a GEEK for sound, you will love this book. If you are not... well, you will know it when you get this book. Its so Meaty!
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
Good book if seriously interested in learning about digital audio
A very well written book for someone who has a real interest in understanding how digital audio works. It is best to have some background
in the subject to get the most out of the book. Remember that this is a textbook so plan to go slow and be willing to devote some "serious"
time to its study.
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