Aimed at the intermediate to advanced user markets, this book is a comprehensive guide for anyone looking to enter the world of digital audio or hoping to expand their knowledge of this subject.
Russ Haines teaches college-level courses on digital audio and video "and has a writing style that goes a long way to making very technical information seem more human and applicable.
The book comes with a CD containing files and applications used in examples and discussions throughout the 16 chapters and three appendices. Examples of the software on the CD are Sound Forge 5.0, Logic Audio, Cakewalk Pro Audio 9, Cool Edit 2000, Acid 2.0 and Cubase VST.
Topics covered in Digital Audio include how sound works, microphone techniques, digitisation of audio, computers and audio, CD ripping and burning, file formats, editing, mastering, streaming, MIDI and audio as it relates to the Internet. There's also a technical glossary to look up unfamiliar terms.
While the book does not always follow a how-to format, the areas it does go into include practical guides and tips - all helped by regular black and white screen shots and simple line diagrams.
Overall, a good guide for those interested in understanding how to work with audio on a computer or seeking a greater understanding of professional audio terms, uses and technology.