Digital Audio Recommended Articles

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As well as our Wiki pages, there are many articles on the internet for further reading about digital audio. These range from beginners' guides on how sound is represented in a computer, to erudite research papers on digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms. This page lists some recommended sources.

Our Wikis

  • The Digital Audio article in our online Manual is a quick entry-level primer about some basic terms essential to Audacity like sample rates and sample formats, clipping and file size compression. Jump to the Glossary for brief descriptions of a wider range of terms like frequency, wavelength or dynamic range, and about how MIDI differs from audio formats like WAV.
    • Click the image Wikipedia1 inline text.png in each Glossary item to read an in-depth Wikipedia article on that subject.
  • For further reading, the Digital Audio Technology category on this Wiki has a small number of fairly easy articles expanding on specific topics such as Dither and Sample Rates.
  • If you're less interested in the theory and more interested in the practicalities of setting up a computer to record audio, we have pages such as "Connecting your Equipment" which explain the different kinds of audio connectors.
ToDo add more links to our own articles, with explanations...

Other Sites

  • Harmony Central has many user-oriented articles on mixing, mastering, effects and use of digital audio software. They also have a good intermediate level series of articles on effects including compression, reverb, noise gating and so on.