Fundamentals of Digital Audio, New Edition

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A-R Editions, Inc., Jan 1, 2007 - Music - 190 pages
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In Fundamentals of Digital Audio, Alan P.Kafauver and David Patschke present a systematic overview of the elements for digital recording and reproducing sound. With Ideas grounded in the principles of acoustics, the authors exptore the essential issues involved in preserving, transferring, and modifying sound recordings in the digital domain. In addition to references on historic methods of sound reproduction, this book includes detailed information about the latest digital audio technology.

Of special interest is the coverage of storage media and compression technologies. The authors detail a comprehensive introduction and evolution of data storage and media standards, including CD/DVD/Blu-ray/HD DVD, as well as fully (but plainly) detailing associated digital audio compression algorithms. They catalog in detail the processes involved in digitally editing recorded sound, presenting a step-by-step editing and mastering session.

Fundamentals of Digital Audio is an essential textbook for anyone who wants to better understand or work with recorded sound using today's digital equipment. The book contains many diagrams and illustrations through which the authors share their expertise with the reader, Among the few books that treats this subject both comprehensively and understandably, the new edition of Fundamentals of Digital Audio should continue to be an indispensable text in this area.

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Alna P. Kefauver has served as coordinator of the Recording Arts and Sciences degree program at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. At the Peabody Institute he designed and implemented the curriculum of the Bachelors of Recording Arts and Sciences degree program (1982) and the Masters of Arts in Recording and Acoustics degree program (1997). He has been a recording engineer, producer, or consultant with such venues as the Casals Festival; Towson University; the University of Mexico, Mexico City; the Inter-American Arts Festivals; and others. He has engineered many albums and CDs and has publisehd articles on acoustics and recording. Kefauver has been a member of the Expert Educational Committeee for Spars and is a member of Naras, Smpte, and Aes.
David Patschke is the Director of Technologies at the University of Baltimore, School of Communications Design, and is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music's Recording Arts and Sciences program. He has worked in audio engineering commercially, live location recording from rock to opera, and has been active in broadcasting, where he won a George Peabody award for his work with SoundPrint on American Public Radio. He's also worked in a broad range of related fields, including music composition, as aperformer in percussion and plano, and as on adjunct proffessor teaching courses on subjects from audio production to digital color correction. He currently administers audio and vedio productin and post-production facilities, and also manages the technology infrastructure that supports the design and media-related programs of the University of Battimore.

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