Catapulting into Classical

A headlong leap into music, history, and composing


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New in the Digital Audio Guide: Audio formats

Stick figure confused by music note comprised of ones and zeroes

I’ve just published a new page in the Guide to Digital Audio.  This one is called ALAC and Alas! Which Digital Audio Format Should I Pick?  Here you’ll be able to learn about the differences between WAV and mp3, FLAC and ALAC, and what the heck Ogg Vorbis is.  You’ll find an overview of audio file formats, and, if you’re digitizing your music collection of LPs and CDs, help to figure out which format is right for you.

Coming soon will be an overview of music streaming services and more on digitizing huge music libraries.

Not keen on all the flap about FLAC?  I have some music for you, and something that will tie in nicely with the post on digital audio.  Here is Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint: III. Fast.


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New Guide: Intro to Digital Audio

Cartoon depicting digital recording procedure

Hello, Catapulting fans!  I haven’t posted much lately because I’ve been working on a special project.

You may recall that I did a post on digital music management software.  In the process of researching the various options, I realized that I wanted to know more about how digital music worked.  And now, I want to share what I have learned with you.

So I’m rolling out the Catapulting into Classical Intro to Digital Audio for folks who might be interested in the subject, but who might not be technically oriented.

I don’t want to bore those of you who might not be interested in tech stuff, so the guide can be found in a tab at the top of the page.  But if you don’t mind dipping a toe in the digital waters, I’ve tried to make it easy to read, with plenty of stick figure drawings to help explain some of the concepts.

Today, I’ve uploaded Part 1, Clash of the Titans: Analog versus Digital.  In the near future, this will be followed by an intro to audio formats, and an entry on giant music libraries at home and online.  I’ll let you know whenever I post new information.

Haiku Wednesday will be back tomorrow, and we’ll resume our weaving way as we wander through the history of classical music.