Synopses & Reviews
Within the span of the last decade, computers in music have gone from being a niche subject to becoming a ubiquitous presence that all music students are bound to encounter in their professional lives. Meant to serve as a general reference for music technology courses, Essentials of Music Technology
provides an overview of musical acoustics, psychoacoustics, MIDI, digital audio, and sound recording. Among the topics covered in this book are:
- The Internet
- MIDI software
- The nature of digital audio storage
- Microphone types
- Room acoustics
- Sampling and synthesis techniques
The author has a background in theater arts, music composition, and multi-media production. He studied music technology at New York University and McGill University. He is assistant professor of Music Technology at the Pennsylvania State University.
This useful handbook provides a concise introduction to the principle topics of music technology. It discusses fundamentals in a straightforward style, with the extra levels of detail essential for those specializing in music technology. A five-part organization covers acoustics and music, computers, MIDI, digital audio, and other tools of the trade. For personal computer users introduced in the production of music.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 242-243) and index.
Table of Contents
1. Basic Acoustics.
2. Music and Acoustics.
3. Acoustic Factors In Combination: Perceptual Issues.
4. Introduction to Computers.
5. Representing Numbers.
6. Introduction to MIDI.
7. The MIDI Language.
8. MIDI and More.
9. Digital Audio.
10. Working with Digital Audio: Processing and Storage.
11. Acquiring Audio.
12. Treating and Mixing Audio.
13. Digital Instruments.
Appendix 1. Suggested Class Projects
Appendix 2. Web Page Template with MIDI File.