The Audio Dictionary is a comprehensive resource, including historical, obsolete, and obscure as well as contemporary terms relating to diverse aspects of audio such as film and TV sound, recording, Hi-Fi, and acoustics. The Third Edition includes four hundred new entries, such as AAC (advanced audio coding), lip synch, metadata, MP3, and satellite radio. Every term from previous editions has been reconsidered and often rewritten. Guest entries are by Dennis Bohn, cofounder and head of research and development at Rane Corporation, and film sound expert Larry Blake, whose credits include Erin Brockovich and Ocean's Eleven. The appendixes--tutorials that gather a lifetime's worth of experience in acoustics--include both new and greatly expanded articles.
Focusing on the English of the 20th and 21st centuries, this impressive volume examines the linguistic and cultural significance of over 7,500 popular words and phrases. Its highly browsable encyclopedic entries cover topics as diverse as catchphrases, buzzwords, characters from film, TV and literature, slogans, idioms and modern cultural references. From Harry Potter to Posh and Becks, Chelsea tractors to ‘cheap as chips’, Brewer’s Modern Phrase and Fable defines the world we live in.