This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under CCLI Grant DUE 0717743,
Jennifer Burg PI, Jason Romney, Co-PI.
1 Chapter 1 Getting Ready ..................................................................2
1.1 Sounds Like Fun! .......................................................................2
1.2 How This Book is Organized ........................................................2
1.3 A Brief History of Digital Sound ...................................................2
1.4 Basic Terminology .....................................................................4
1.4.1 Analog vs. Digital .................................................................4
1.4.2 Digital Audio vs. MIDI ...........................................................4
1.5 Setting up Your Work Environment ..............................................5
1.5.1 Overview ............................................................................5
1.5.2 Hardware for Digital Audio and MIDI Processing ...................... 7
1.5.2.1 Computer System Requirements ......................................7
1.5.2.2 Digital Audio Interface ..................................................10
1.5.2.3 Drivers ........................................................................11
1.5.2.4 MIDI Keyboard .............................................................11
1.5.2.5 Recording Devices ........................................................12
1.5.2.6 Microphones ................................................................14
1.5.2.7 Direct Input Devices .....................................................22
1.5.2.8 Monitor Loudspeakers ...................................................24
1.5.2.9 Studio Headphones .......................................................25
1.5.2.10 Cables and Connectors .................................................25
1.5.2.11 Dedicated Hardware Processors .....................................37
1.5.2.12 Mixers ........................................................................38
1.5.2.13 Loudspeakers..............................................................40
1.5.2.14 Analysis Hardware .......................................................41
1.5.3 Software for Digital Audio and MIDI Processing......................42
1.5.3.1 The Basics ...................................................................42
1.5.3.2 Logic ..........................................................................44
1.5.3.3 Cakewalk Sonar and Music Creator .................................45
1.5.3.4 Adobe Audition ............................................................46
1.5.3.5 Audacity ......................................................................46
1.5.3.6 Reason .......................................................................47
1.5.3.7 Software Plug-Ins.........................................................48
1.5.3.8 Music Composing and Notation Software ......................... 49
1.5.3.9 Working in the Linux Environment ..................................49
1.5.4 Software for Live Performances ...........................................51
1.6 Learning Supplements .............................................................52
1.6.1 Practical Exercises .............................................................52
1.6.2 Flash Tutorials ...................................................................53
1.6.3 Max and Pure Data (PD) .....................................................53
1.6.4 MATLAB and Octave ...........................................................55
1.6.5 C++ and Java Programming Exercises ..................................56
1.7 Where to Go from Here ............................................................57
1.8 References .............................................................................57
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