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Designing Web Audio : Realaudio; MP3; Flash; and Beatnik - Josh Beggs

Designing Web Audio

Realaudio; MP3; Flash; and Beatnik

Paperback Published: 25th January 2001
ISBN: 9781565923539
Number Of Pages: 400

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Designing Web Audio is the most complete Internet audio guide on the market. It's loaded with informative real-world case studies and interviews with some of the world's leading audio and web producers. It contains step-by-step intstructions on how to build multimedia web pages using the most popular web audio formats. This book also includes a wealth of basic digital audio and sound wave theory, practical tips and techniques for recording and editing audio for the Web, and an invaluable buyer's guide to building an effective sound studio.

Designing Web Audio explains how digital audio is encoded from microphone to hard disk; how sound is processed using compression and equalization; and how to turn audio source material into a great soundtrack using loops and ambient soundscapes. Designing Web Audio demystifies its subject with informative step-by-step techniques for encoding, compression, and streaming audio over the Web.

This book includes the following:

  • The most up-to-date, step-by-step guides to the latest popular streaming media formats for building multimedia web pages including RealAudio, Shockwave, Flash, MP3, MIDI, and RMF (Beatnik).
  • A step-by-step guide to building multimedia Synchronized Media Integration Language (SMIL) presentations using the new RealSystem G2. (This is the only book on the market that offers information on this.)
  • In-depth coverage of the sound design principles for building effective multimedia web pages with sound, including examples of real-world sound design techniques used by leading film and CD-ROM sound designers.
  • Informative case studies featuring leading companies such as N2K, Fox News Corp, TechWeb, and Sonicopia, and how they are enhancing their web pages using Flash, RealAudio, Shockwave, or Beatnik's audio technologies.
  • Tips from two Academy Award-winning sound designers that will help web professionals use audio more intelligently.
  • In-depth consumer buyer's guide with street prices and tips for buying the best gear at the lowest prices to produce high-quality Internet audio in-house.
  • Thorough practical coverage of digital audio theory and basic recording and editing techniques.

The easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on using the leading audio formats makes Designing Web Audio an invaluable resource for web developers and people who want to stream their own music over the Web.

Industry Reviews

'It is written in a easy to follow style, while providing plenty of information, case studies and food for thought... O'Reilly publish well written, informative books, this one is no exception.' - Neil Bothwick Linux Format, June 2001 - Rating 7/10 '...is a well-judged and well-pitched volume, informative, readable and clear. It manages to bridge the gap between concepts and details... Designing Web Audio really is an intermediate introduction to just about anything you could want to do with audio on the web. Interface noises, background music, streaming spoken word...It's all there, dealt with thoughtfully and in surprising depth. Usability and realistic expectations are kept in focus throughout. ...it is a solid choice for someone interested in the field of web sound, and could take the reader from audio-na?ve to reasonable savvy in whatever area their interest lies.' - Gavin Inglis, news@UK, June 2001

Prefacep. ix
The Art of Sound Designp. 1
A brief history of web audiop. 2
What you can do with sound on the Webp. 2
Two easy ways to add soundp. 4
Adding sound effectsp. 5
Audio challenges and limitationsp. 6
Solid sound designp. 8
Designing web audiop. 10
Interactive sound effects and buttonsp. 25
Interactive sound design case studyp. 26
Summaryp. 30
The Science of Sound and Digital Audiop. 33
The science of soundp. 34
Digital audio demystifiedp. 43
Summaryp. 45
Capturing Original Source Materialp. 47
Selecting the right equipmentp. 47
Recording techniquesp. 56
Summaryp. 65
Optimizing Your Sound Filesp. 67
Basic sound editingp. 68
Digital effectsp. 71
Web mastering: optimizing sound files for Internet broadcastingp. 79
Summaryp. 89
Introduction to Streaming Mediap. 91
Streaming protocolsp. 92
Streaming media formatsp. 95
Selecting the right formatp. 103
Summaryp. 107
Encoding, Serving, and Streaming Sound with RealAudiop. 109
The RealMedia Systemp. 110
Streaming RealAudio from a web serverp. 116
Professional webcastingp. 122
Advanced RealAudio applicationsp. 133
Live broadcasting with RealAudiop. 151
Case study: N2K streams live Motley Crue concertp. 152
Summaryp. 158
Designing Multimedia Presentations with SMIL and RealSystem G2p. 159
SureStreamp. 161
SMILp. 162
RealPixp. 166
RealTextp. 170
RealFlashp. 172
Delivering backwards-compatible contentp. 174
Case study: TechWeb Todayp. 175
Summaryp. 180
Playing, Serving, and Streaming MP3p. 181
MP3 pros and consp. 182
What is MP3?p. 182
Playing MP3 filesp. 186
Making MP3 filesp. 194
Creating a buzz: posting MP3 files to the Internetp. 206
Start your own MP3 radio stationp. 209
Legalities of MP3p. 216
MP3 resourcesp. 219
Summaryp. 221
Interactive Sound Design with Flash and Shockwavep. 227
Flash and Shockwave basicsp. 228
Introduction to Flashp. 230
Introduction to Shockwavep. 242
Summaryp. 252
MIDI: Quick and Easy Audio for the Webp. 253
MIDI: A universal approachp. 254
Adding MIDI to your web pagesp. 257
Creating your own MIDI filesp. 261
Summaryp. 280
Designing Audio Web Sites with Beatnikp. 281
New possibilities for interactive soundp. 281
Beatnik authoring systemp. 283
Sonification tutorialp. 289
Using the Beatnik Editorp. 305
Summaryp. 316
Creating the Ultimate Web Sound Studio: Buyers Guide and Web Resourcesp. 319
Audio Format Comparisonp. 343
Glossaryp. 353
Indexp. 371
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ISBN: 9781565923539
ISBN-10: 1565923537
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 25th January 2001
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 20.5  x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.74