Introduction

Hundreds of books about audio have been published over the years, so you might well ask why we need another book on the topic. I’ll start with what this book is not. This book will not explain the features of some currently popular audio software or describe how to get the most out of a specific model of hard disk recorder. It will not tell you which home theater receiver or loudspeakers to buy or how to download songs to your MP3 player. This book assumes you already know the difference between a woofer and a tweeter, and line versus loudspeaker signal levels. But it doesn’t go as deep as semiconductor physics or writing a sound card device driver. Those are highly specialized topics that are of little use to most recording engineers ...

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