I would like to thank Beth Howard at Focal Press for her support and encouragement throughout this project.

Christine Berkely and Zac Wheatcroft at BIAS deserve extra-special thanks for their efforts to help me to complete the chapter on Peak 4 over the weekend in August 2003 that included the hottest day ever recorded in the UK (at over 100 degrees Fahrenheit).

A big thank you also goes to all the people at the various companies that supplied software and information for the book – especially Risto Sampola at Arbiter distribution in London (Steinberg, Native Instruments and others), Simon Stock and Mark Gordon at Music Track (MOTU’s UK distributor), Ian Cullen and Dave Marshall at Sound Technology (Emagic’s UK distributor), ...

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