Audio offers the potential to add an entirely new dimension to web sites, but most sites that use it do so poorly, and virtually none use it to its fullest potential. Enter Designing Web Audio, the practical, authoritative, and thorough guide to web-based audio. From theory and technology to step-by-step production and delivery techniques, leading audio producers Josh Beggs and Dylan Thede have written the guide to the subject.
If you're buying equipment, Beggs and Thede offer guidance based on their many years of experience -- including solid information on street prices. They also walk you through every step of the production process: encoding from microphone to hard disk, equalization, normalization, compression, editing, mastering, and batch conversion.
You'll learn practical techniques such as looping and creating ambient soundscapes -- and get expert tips for maximizing web audio's benefits while speeding downloads. You'll also find a batch of intriguing case studies, ranging from Fox News to TechWeb.
There's extensive coverage of RealAudio, MP3, MIDI, Shockwave, Flash, and Beatnik RMF -- as well as a chapter on creating presentations with RealMedia G2 and the brand-new XML-based SMIL format. Other formats -- including WMF, QuickTime, and Liquid Audio -- get covered, too, albeit somewhat more briefly. Whether you want to experiment with web audio, or you're a musician who wants to deliver web music with the maximum possible quality, Designing Web Audio is the only book you'll need. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.