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Home Recording for Beginners by Geoffrey Francis

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Appendix . Glossary of Basic Audio and Recording Terms

analog audio

This is sound that is continuous, corresponding exactly to real sound. This is unlike digital sound, which is broken down into a series of ones and zeros. An analog signal is usually recorded using magnetic media, such as tape. Cassette tapes and vinyl LPs, for example, both use analog sound. Analog recordings cannot be copied without some loss of sound quality and are likely to contain more unwanted noise than digital recordings.

ASIO

Audio Stream Input-Output. This is an audio protocol originally developed by the Steinberg company and used by REAPER to communicate with professional-standard audio hardware devices and interfaces (such as PCI soundcards and FireWire and USB devices). ...

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