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
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Ken C. Pohlmann
is a professor at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and the director of the Music Engineering program in the university's Frost School of Music. He has initiated new undergraduate and graduate courses in digital audio, advanced digital audio, Internet audio, acoustics and psychoacoustics, and studio production. In 1986, he founded the first master's degree program in Music Engineering in the United States. Mr. Pohlmann holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Pohlmann is the author of Principles of Digital Audio (McGraw-Hill); this book has appeared in five editions and has been translated into Dutch, Spanish, and Chinese. He is also author of The Compact Disc Handbook (A-R Editions); this book has appeared in two editions and has been translated into German. He is co-author of Writing for New Media (John Wiley & Sons), and editor and co-author of Advanced Digital Audio (Howard W. Sams). Since 1982, he has written over 2200 articles for publications including Audio magazine, Broadcast Engineering, dB magazine, Car Stereo Review, CD Review, Electronics Australia, Guitar Player magazine, Handbook for Sound Engineers, IEEE Spectrum, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Laserdisk Professional, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, Mix magazine, Mobile Entertainment, National Association of Broadcasters Handbook, NARAS Journal, PC magazine, Sound & Vision, Scientific American, Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Stereo Review, Video magazine, and World Book Encyclopedia. He is a senior reviewer for Road & Track Road Gear, and contributing technical editor and columnist for Sound & Vision.
Mr. Pohlmann is 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 manufactures, and as a consultant and expert witness in technology and patent litigation. Some of his consulting clients include: Alpine Electronics, Analog Devices; Apple Computer; Bertlesmann Music Group, Blockbuster Entertainment, BMW, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, DaimlerChrysler, Eclipse, Ford, Fujitsu Ten, Harman International, Hughes Electronics, Hyundai, IBM, Kia, Lexus, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Mitsubichi Electronics, Motorola, Nippon Columbia, Onkyo America, Philips, RealNetworks, Recording Industry Association of America, Samsung, Sensormatic, Sonopress, Sony, TDK, Time Warner, Toyota, United Technologies, and the U.S. Justice Department Anti-Trust Division.
Mr. Pohlmann has consulted with such laws firms as Arnold & Porter; Baker & McKenzie; Christie Parker & Hale; Cushman, Darby & Cushman; Dewey Ballantine; Fish & Richardson; Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Machtinger & Kinsella; Darby & Darby; Firmstone & Feil; Fish & Neave; Hunton & Williams; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Barnes & Thornburg; Kenyon & Kenyon; and Young & Thompson.
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 Fellow Board of Governor's Awards (1989 and 1998) and was named an AES Fellow in 1990 for his work as an educator and author. He was elected to the AES Board of Governors in 1991. He was presented the University of Miami Philip Frost Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship in 1992. He served as AES convention papers chairman in 1984 and papers co-chairman in 1993. He was elected as the AES Vice President of the Eastern U.S. and Canada Region in 1993. He served as a Non-Board Member of National Public Radio Distribution/Interconnection Committee (2000-2003). Mr. Pohlmann served on the Board of Directors of the New World Symphony (2000-2005).
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