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'Now Handley lifts us to a new level by penetrating into Bax’s emotional state. It’s all here – the yearning, uncertainty, raw days, and sweeping storms. As a tone poem of a piece of music, the Boult is exemplary, but for a glimpse into the state of mind that produced November Woods, you need Vernon Handley... This recording is not only a discovery, it’s a treat'
American Record Guide
 

 

 

Term
Explanation
AIFF:
is one of the two most-used audio file formats used for Macs. The other is SDII. Most CD writers can accept AIFF or SDII files when burning a CD.
Bit Rate:
the average number of bits used by one second of audio. Standard bit rate for MP3 is 128kbps, but the higher the bit rate the better the quality. Chandos uses 192Kbps."
CD Burning:
the process of ‘recording’ onto a CD-R.
CD-R disc:
A recordable CD that you can ‘write’ or save data to only once. A CD-RW disc, on the other hand, can be ‘overwritten’ many times."
CD-RW drive:
A drive in your PC that is capable of writing to CD-R and CD-RW discs, as well as reading data from CD-ROMs, and playing audio"
Decoder:
software that allows MP3s to be copied to CD format, the opposite of Encoder."
Encoder:
software that converts uncompressed WAV. (PC) or AIFF. (Mac) files into compressed files such as MP3.
Firewall:
software or hardware that prevents unauthorised access to a computer from the internet – hackers, viruses and other nuisances."
Firmware:
Software that has been written on read-only memory. Firmware is a combination of software and hardware. ROMs, PROMs and EPROMs that have data or programs recorded on them."
Playlist:
A list of tracks assembled in your own order that can be quickly accessed on your media player.
WAV File:
an audio format created by Microsoft that has become the standard sound file format for PCs. They are much bigger than MP3 files.
 
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