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Peter Manning

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.001.0001

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The Characteristics of Digital Audio

The Characteristics of Digital Audio

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(p.244) (p.245) 13 The Characteristics of Digital Audio
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Electronic and Computer Music
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Peter Manning

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.003.0013

This chapter discusses the development of digital audio. It shows that the ultimate constraints to fidelity are determined by two primary factors: first, the sampling rate, which determines the audio bandwidth; and, second, the quantizing accuracy of the individual samples, which determines the signal purity in terms of audible distortion. The consequences of increasing the specifications on either count are a proportional increase in the amount of digital data that is required to code this higher resolution information.

Keywords:   electronic music, computer music, digital sound, fidelity, sampling rate, audio bandwidth, quantizing accuracy

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