# Best beginners guide to sound/audio

I'm trying to learn audio programming, but am struggling with the basics of audio.

Audio programming is new to me (I'm a C/C++ developer with over 30 years of experience), but I don't have any background in sound/audio or DSP.

I'm learning ad-hoc, through various websites. Things I need to know are sampling, envelope, sweeps, length counters, pulse waves, triangle waves, delta modulation, PCM, etc.

Is there some kind of definitive book that I should start with, given my background? I don't really need to understand advanced sound processing, just something thats beginner and somewhat easy to digest.

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– A_A
Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 18:42
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In general you can divide the audio books into the following categories:

1. Audio Engineering
2. Audio Programming
3. Audio Signal Processing and Coding
4. Digital Signal processing

For your exclusive requirement (that fall into cat-2) I highly recommend the following book: The Audio Programming Book_BOULANGER_MIT

• I also heard a professional developer in audio dsp recommended this book.
– msm
Commented Oct 3, 2016 at 13:18

If you want to start from signal processing tools, Spectral Audio Signal Processing is a comprehensive source for Fourier and filtering related techniques in audio.

With a C++ twist, you can look at:

You ‍say you are a ‌‌‌developer of C/C++, I think "Digital Signal Processing using MATLAB" written by Proakis, Vinay is very useful book. Matlab is a piece of cake for a C developer. This book contains filtering and all techniques in audio processing i.e frequency domain, wavelet domain, coefficients domain (MFCC's, etc.).

Another good resource is the great website: DSP Related

• Please explain more! Commented Oct 29, 2016 at 17:32