January 4, 2001
Web Audio: The Next Web Frontier
Sebastopol, CA--"In 1996, my brother yelled out the studio window and said
'Hey, you gotta come check this out!' I ran up the stairs and got my first
earful of RealAudio streaming over the web," says Josh Beggs, coauthor of the
newest O'Reilly release,
Designing Web Audio.
"As artists and producers we knew it was going to be revolutionary. Here we
were in start-up mode doing business on a shoestring dreaming about how we were
going to pay for CD's and packaging to publish our music... and even more
daunting find an audience... then kaboom... streaming audio over the
Internet... It was like we had just been handed the keys to a global satellite
broadcasting center. It was an epiphany moment."
Beggs' book, Designing Web Audio (O'Reilly, $34.95), explains how
digital audio is encoded from microphone to hard disk; how sound is processed
using compression and equalization; and how to turn audio source material into
a great soundtrack using loops and ambient soundscapes. Designing Web
Audio demystifies its subject with informative step-by-step techniques for
encoding, compression, and streaming audio over the Web.
"I especially wanted to make sure the new techno tribe of digerati and
programmer heads had the benefit of understanding the connection between sound
and music and human interaction with technology and emotions," says Beggs.
"Audio is such a compelling part of our lives and of how we define ourselves as
humans belonging to a specific culture. Specifically, audio plays a huge role
in making media more real and lifelike, especially our movie watching
experience. Someday soon audio will enjoy a similar role on the web."
The easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on using the leading audio
formats will make Designing
Web Audio an invaluable resource for Web developers and individuals who
want to stream their own music over the Web. "Designing Web Audio looks
to the future when audio becomes a more integral part of the web not just a
file format to be stored on a server and downloaded," explains Beggs. "Our book
is written for the next era when surfing the web becomes much more like
watching a movie. Designing Web Audio is the only book written for the
upcoming web golden age of rich media content."
Designing Web Audio is the most complete Internet audio guide on the
market. It's loaded with informative real-world case studies and interviews
with some of the world's leading audio and web producers. It using the most
popular web audio formats. This book also includes a wealth of basic digital
audio and sound wave theory, practical tips and techniques for recording and
editing audio for the Web, and an invaluable buyer's guide to building an
effective sound studio.
By Josh Beggs & Dylan Thede
ISBN 1-56592-353-7, 398 pages, $34.95, Includes CD-ROM
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