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Principles of Digital Audio, Sixth Edition, 6th Edition by Ken C. Pohlmann

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CHAPTER 14Personal Computer Audio

Early personal computers were little more than programmable calculators, with almost no audio capabilities. A PC typically contained a tiny speaker that was used to emit prompt beeps. The idea of making music was virtually improbable. In one celebrated demonstration, an early enthusiast programmed his computer so that when an AM radio was placed nearby, the interference from the meticulously programmed digital circuits produced rhythmic static in the radio that, in the broadest sense of the word, could be interpreted as the musical theme from Rossini’s William Tell overture.

With the advent of more powerful hardware and software, personal computers became more adept at making music. In particular, audio chip ...

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