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Network Technology for Digital Audio

Book Description

Network Technology for Digital Audio examines the transfer of audio and other related data over digital communication networks. Encompassing both the data communication and audio industries,
it unravels the intricacies of computer networking technique and theory, viewed from an audio perspective.


Looking at commercial and ratified standards both current and developing, this book covers digital architectural solutions such as IEEE 1394 (Firewire), USB, Fibre Channel and ATM alongside their counterparts within the audio industry:
*S/P DIF, ADAT, AES/EBU and MADI are discussed from the audio industry standpoint and solutions contrasted
*Explanations of packet switching and internetworking are also included.

Studying new developments and trends, it covers the pros and cons and looks at the work being done to deliver the requirements of the digital audio environment. Proprietary and open systems developed within the audio industry are examined, with each case being supported with appropriate history and clear technical explanation.

The book helps readers build a better understanding of the issues surrounding the transfer of real-time audio digital data. Touching on the history of the Internet, and the technologies it spawned, it explains the theory and possibilities for the same technologies to support inter-device communications within a studio environment.

Network Technology For Digital Audio will provide on tap knowledge for students and lecturers on audio-related and music technology courses and will prepare the working professionals within the industry for progress and changes to come.

Network Technology for Digital Audio is part of the Focal Press Music Technology Series.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Series introduction
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgements
  9. Chapter 1: Digital audio and computer networks
    1. 1.1 What is digital?
    2. 1.2 What is digital audio?
    3. 1.3 Why digital audio?
    4. 1.4 How does digital technology work?
    5. 1.5 Why do we need to move digital audio data around?
    6. 1.6 How are digital data moved around?
    7. 1.7 Data interchange in computer networks
    8. 1.8 The role of standards
  10. Chapter 2: Network theory
    1. 2.1 Introduction
    2. 2.2 Bandwidth and information availability
    3. 2.3 Data interchange in computer networks
    4. 2.4 US Department of Defense 4-layer model
    5. 2.5 The ISO 7-layer open systems interconnection reference model
    6. 2.6 Quality of service
  11. Chapter 3: Practical solutions
    1. 3.1 Introduction
    2. 3.2 Topologies and cable types
    3. 3.3 Network access mechanisms
    4. 3.4 Protocols
  12. Chapter 4: Audio interfaces
    1. 4.1 Introduction to audio interfaces
    2. 4.2 Audio interfaces
    3. 4.3 Control data
    4. 4.4 Synchronization and timecode
    5. 4.5 Conclusion to audio communications
  13. Chapter 5: Manufacturers’ interfaces
    1. 5.1 ADAT
    2. 5.2 CobraNet
    3. 5.3 Soundweb
    4. 5.4 MediaLink
    5. 5.5 GMICS
    6. 5.6 Conclusion
  14. Chapter 6: IEEE 1394 and Universal Serial Bus
    1. 6.1 IEEE 1394
    2. 6.2 Universal Serial Bus
    3. 6.3 Conclusion
  15. Chapter 7: Physical layer interfaces
    1. 7.1 Introduction
    2. 7.2 Cluster networks
    3. 7.3 Fibre Channel
    4. 7.4 Asynchronous transfer mode
  16. Chapter 8: Telecommunications networks
    1. 8.1 Introduction
    2. 8.2 Public and private telecommunications networks
    3. 8.3 ISDN
    4. 8.4 Presto
    5. 8.5 Asymmetrical techniques
    6. 8.6 Satellite communications
    7. 8.7 IBM network
  17. Index