Wusik Sound Magazine - October 2012

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Ÿ Teacher Ÿ Acoustics Engineer Ÿ Author (books and innumerable magazine articles) In other words, he’s had his hand in just about every aspect of the production of modern audio recordings. Luckily for us, he has a great knack for being able to explain it in a way that doesn’t require a deep technical understanding on the part of the reader.

Ethan Winer's “The Audio Expert”

The Great Debunker

One of the things Mr. Winer seems to enjoy as much as anything is debunking audiophile myths and misstatements. In fact he’s been well known on a by David Baer number of soundrelated forums for stirring up Essential Reading controversies. But This is the first in what I hope to be a regular feature having come to know in WSM where we present our views on books on his expertise, I’d say it various aspects of computer sound that we think are would take an worthy of your attention. And what would be a overconfident or better place to start than a comprehensive volume outright arrogant on all aspects of sound? The Audio Expert has the individual to challenge secondary title “Everything You Need to Know anything he says. About Audio”, and it honestly lives up to that billing. Not to get ahead of myself here, but one compelling Ethan Winer is one of the few individuals who could example of this is Mr. Winer’s assertion on the single-handedly write such a book. His list of job subject of dithering (applying a low level signal titles and competencies include: when converting from 24-bits to 16-bits when exporting audio out of your DAW, for example). Many “experts” claim dithering is essential. Mr. Ÿ Recording engineer Winer states that, although he has no objection to Ÿ Recording studio owner the practice and that it does no harm, no-one can Ÿ Rock musician tell the difference between dithered and untreated Ÿ “Classical” musician bit reduction. To back up his claim, he has posted an audio file on his web site (www.ethanwiner.com) Ÿ Electronic circuit designer that combines fragments of a mix exported in part Ÿ Software developer with Sonar’s highest level dithering algorithm and in Ÿ Composer/arranger 4

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