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Introduction to Digital Audio

2nd Edition

By John Watkinson


432 pages

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Master the basics from first principles: the physics of sound, principles of hearing etc, then progress onward to fundamental digital principles, conversion, compression and coding and then onto transmission, digital audio workstations, DAT and optical disks. Get up to speed with how digital audio is used within DVD, Digital Audio Broadcasting, networked audio and MPEG transport streams.

All of the key technologies are here: compression, DAT, DAB, DVD, SACD, oversampling, noise shaping and error correction theories are treated in a simple yet accurate form.

Thoroughly researched, totally up-to-date and technically accurate this is the only book you need on the subject.


'A comprehensive book in every respect.'
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Reviews of the previous edition:

'The best book in its category.'
Hi-Fi magazine

'An easy-to-read format with many explanatory line drawings.'
Mobile Radio Technology journal

Table of Contents

Introducing Digital Audio; Some audio principles; Digital principles; Conversion; Compression; Digital coding principles; Transmission; Digital audio tape recorders; Magnetic disk drives; Digital audio editing; Optical disks in audio.

About the Author

John Watkinson is an independent international consultant in advanced applications of electronics to audiovisual and avionics systems. He is a Fellow of the AES, a member of the Society of Expert Witnesses, and the British Computer Society and is a chartered information systems practitioner. He presents lectures, seminars and training courses worldwide. He is the author of many other Elsevier books, including The Art of DigitalVideo, An Introduction to Digital Video, Convergence in Broadcast and Communications Media, Television Fundamentals and The Art of the Helicopter.

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