Music Technology (An Introductory Guide)
It remains a fact that computers were initially meant for complex (mathematical) calculations; however, since the 1980s the PC (Personal Computer) stormed the entire globe with very astonishing possibilities of data processing, management, streaming and storage in business places, schools and homes. Nowadays, the usage of computers has gone beyond these areas; practically, any type of data/information (audio, video and graphics) could be sent in or out of the computer. This book, Music Technology (An Introductory Guide) throws more light on these issues and more.
Digital devices, such as synthesizers, adapters and soundcards create sounds by working with the digital representations of the sound waves. They accept analog signals, such as the output from microphones; then these signals are converted to digital formats via analog-to-digital converters (adapters) ADC, so that they can be processed. Likewise, for us to hear the result of audio production on the computer (based on music technology), we need to use digital-to-analog converters (DAC). DACs convert the digital representation of the sound to their equivalent electrical (analog) voltages. We can only hear this sound after these voltages pass through the amplifier and out of the speaker system.
Good digital systems are cheaper than good analog devices. Digital devices normally do not require much maintenance, as compared to analog devices – which are mechanical in nature. Any information stored in digital form is very durable. Finally, because of music technology, it is possible to produce digital sounds that never existed from digital synthesizers.
Music technology (computer/digital music) is a strategic process of marrying the technical abilities of an average computer user with the artistic creativity of a conventional musician. This is a fast emerging lifestyle thriving across the globe. The following sections briefly explain some of the fundamental aspects of music technology.