- Series: McGraw-Hill Video/Audio Engineering
- Paperback: 736 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 4 edition (February 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071348190
- ISBN-13: 978-0071348195
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,921,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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:
- MP3, AAC, and Dolby Digital audio coding
- DVD playback and recording formats
- PC-based desktop audio systems
- 5.1-channel surround-sound coding
- HD Radio and satellite radio
- Music downloading and streaming
- Digital signal processing
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ken C. Pohlmann is a professor at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, and the director of the Music Engineering program in the university’s School of Music. He has initiated new undergraduate and graduate courses in acoustics and psychoacoustics, digital audio, advanced digital audio, Internet audio and studio production and in 1986 founded the first Masters degree program in Music Engineering in the United States.
Mr. Pohlmann is also president of Hammer Laboratories, a company devoted to the research, development and testing of new audio technology. He serves as a consultant in the design of digital audio systems, the development of sound systems for automobile manufacturers, and as an expert witness in technology and patent litigation. Some of his consulting clients include: Alpine Electronics, Bertlesmann Music Group, Blockbuster Entertainment, Baker & McKenzie, BMW, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, DaimlerChrysler, Fish & Neave, Ford Motor Company, Fujitsu Ten, Harman International, Hughes Electronics, Hyundai, IBM, Lexus, Microsoft, Motorola, Nippon Columbia, Onkyo America, Philips, RealNetworks, Recording Industry Association of America, Sensormatic, Sonopress, Sony, TDK, Time Warner, Toyota, United Technologies and the U.S. Justice Department. Mr. Pohlmann holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Pohlmann co-founded Microcomputer Arts, Inc. (1980), International Business Information Systems Inc. (1982), and U.S. Digital Disc Corporation (1985). He chaired the Audio Engineering Society’s International Conference on Digital Audio in Toronto in 1989 and co-chaired the Society’s International Conference on Internet Audio in Seattle in 1997. He was presented two AES Board of Governor’s Awards (1989 and 1998) and an AES Fellowship Award (1990) by the Audio Engineering Society for his work as an educator and author. In 1991 he was elected to the AES Board of Governors, and in 1993 elected as the AES Vice President of the Eastern U.S. and Canada Region. In 1992 he was presented the Philip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship.
Mr. Pohlmann is the author of Principles of Digital Audio and The Compact Disc Handbook, co-author of Writing for New Media, and editor and co-author of Advanced Digital Audio. Since 1982 he has written over 1,400 articles for audio magazines including Audio, dB, Car Stereo Review, CD Review, Electronics Australia, Guitar Player Magazine, IEEE Spectrum, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Laserdisk Professional, Mix Magazine, PC Magazine, Sound & Vision, Scientific American, Stereo Review, and Video Magazine. He is a columnist for Car Stereo Review, and contributing editor and columnist for Sound & Vision Magazine.
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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
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!
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.