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Electronic Music  ::   Electric Organs  ::   Synthesizers  ::   Digital Recording  ::   Digital Computers

Digital Recording

Computers have made it easy to create digital recordings. A simple home computer costing as little as $600 can be used as a digital recorder. Companies like Sony and Panasonic have created small digital recorders who's quality is equal to that of CD Audio. If you look in a store where telephones are sold, you will find that most answering machines are now all digital. All it takes to experiment with digital audio is a computer, sound card, software, and an input device like a microphone.

With the addition of a CD ROM Recorder (CD-R) you can make your own Audio CDs of your digital recordings.

In this chapter you will learn the basics of digital techniques for generating and recording sound.

To successfully complete this chapter you should...

  • Read chapter 28 in your text book (pages 555-575).
  • Carefully study the important concepts about digital sound recording.
  • Be able to list basic components of a digital recording system.
  • Understand the basic principles behind the conversion of analog-to-digital, and digital-to-analog.
  • Be able to describe how a CD Audio disc works.

Important Concepts

Analog-to-Digital converter
Binary number
Compact Disc Digital Audio
Digital to Analog converter
Digital oscillator
Eight to fourteen modulation
Pulse code modulation
Quantization error

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