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Producing Great Sound for Film and Video, 4th Edition by Jay Rose

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CHAPTER 2

How Digital Audio Works

 

 

fig2_1 ROSE’S RULES

Digital isn’t necessarily better than analog. But it’s a lot more practical for real-world production.

Analog isn’t necessarily better either. A system’s components and design are what makes the difference in its sound … not whether it uses analog or digital wiring.

Modern software squeezes a lot of good sound through very small digital pipes. This isn’t foolproof and comes with some costs. But compression is unavoidable these days, and can do a good job if you know how it works.

WHY DIGITAL?

Sound, when it’s vibrating through the air, is definitely not digital. Pressure varies smoothly ...

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