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General Information


Audio Formats



Metadata (Tags)

Media Extractors

CD Extractors

DVD Extractors

Media Players



Mac OS X (Non-BSD Specific)


Audio Editors



Mac OS X (Non-BSD Specific)


Testing Software

Subjective Perceptual


Note: Might be good to put something here about the problems of quality comparisons using graphs, frequency sweeps, etc.

Audio Hardware

PC Audio


Digital Audio Players

Portable Flash

(These players make use of a internal flash drive.)

Portable HD

(These players make use of a internal harddrive.)

Portable CD

Car Players

(Car stereos that can read MP3, Vorbis, WMA, etc.).

Audio Theory

Analog Audio

Digital Audio


Testing Methodology

Audio Development

Getting Started

note: Let's start with basic development tools (compilers, engineering tools, dev. libraries) until we think of more tools to add. I am also adding external links to books, tutorials, etc under resources.


  • MATLAB 7.0 commercial software for algorithmic design, developement, engineering, and scientific computing.
  • GNU Octave open-source alternative software (GPL) to MATLAB for numerical computations, engineering, and scientific computing. (multi-platform support)
  • FFTW Is a C subroutine library for computing the discrete Fourier transform (DFT) in one or more dimensions on real and complex inputs.
  • GCC THE GNU compiler collection for C, C++, Objective-C, Fortran, Java, and Ada.
  • DevCPP free front-end IDE and compiler for the C and C++ languages. Delphi and C source code available.


  • Scientific/R&D Forums for Psychoacoustic, DSP, Electrical Engineering, theory, and coding related questions. (most questions are generally answered)
  • AES The Audio Engineering Society website. Home of year-round world AES conferences.
  • Psychoacoustics - Facts and Models author's Zwicker, Fastl, and Hugo, revised 1999 second edition. THE book for comprehensive psychoacoustics models and figures.
  • Scientist and Engineer's Guide to DSP author Steve Smith, a great guide for beginners new to the subject of DSP (free online text)
  • DSP Tutorial this site provides another good introduction in to the area of DSP.
  • Music-DSP source-code archive for anaylsis, filters, effects and synthesis. (C, C++, and Java code)
  • ALSA Project (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) bringing audio and MIDI capabilities to Linux.
  • A Really friendly guide to Wavelets A good introduction to wavelets aimed towards engineer, requires a fair amount of background knowledge.

Audio Resources


Note: Let's include a small description to the side for now, so that we have something to work with when this section becomes large enough for its own page


Listening Tests

Other Topics


Container Formats