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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

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

Peter Manning

Oxford University Press

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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