Here is a list of selected books on general audio, psychoacoustics and digital sound processing.
Principles of Digital Audio by Pohlmann, Ken C. McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics, 2005. 842p
The book illuminates the frontiers of digital audio science, taking readers from fundamental principles to the state of the art. Since the last edition, digital audio technology and applications have expanded explosively - a situation well-reflected in the new fourth edition of this user-friendly guide by a leading digital audio engineer. You'll find fresh, tell-all treatments, both theoretical and practical of: PC audio - including IEEE 1394, USB, AC'97 and DirectX; Internet audio - especially MP3, SDMI and RealNetworks G2 streaming audio; Low bit rate topics - including MPEG-2, AAC, MPEG-4, Dolby Digital and PAC; DVD - DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, recordable DVD, UDF and MLP; Television and radio broadcasting topics - ATSC DTV, AM-IOBC and FM-IBOC (including USA Digital Radio and LDR prototypes); New compact disc topics, such as CD-R, CD-RW, and Super Audio CD. You'll also get valuable insights into new AES standards, jitter, sound cards, data compression, digital audio extraction, watermarking, and much more.
Psychoacoustics : Facts and Models by Eberhard Zwicker, Hugo Fastl. Springer 1999. 428p
Psychoacoustic - Facts and Models represents a comprehensive collection of data describing the processing of sound by the human hearing system. It includes quantitative relations between sound stimuli and auditory perception in terms of hearing sensations. In addition, quantitative psychoacoustic models of hearing sensations are given. The monograph contains a unique collection of data on the human hearing system as a receiver of acoustic information as well as many examples of the practical application of the results of basic research in fields such as audiology, noise evaluation, and sound engineering. Many helpful hints for the solution of practical problems will be of particular benefit to engineers, and the book as a whole should serve as an important benchmark in the field of psychoacoustics.
An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing, Fifth Edition by Brian C.J. Moore. Academic Press, 2003. 413p
From Introduction: "One of the general aims of this book is to specify, as far as possible, the relationships between the characteristics of the sounds which enter the ear and the sensations which they produce. Wherever possible these relationships will be specified in terms of the underlying mechanisms. In other words, the goal is to understand what the auditory system does and how it works..."
Thinking in Sound: The Cognitive Psychology of Human Audition by Stephen McAdams, Emmanuel Bigand (Editor). Oxford University Press, 1993. 368p
The ability to make sense of the sounds in our environment is generally taken for granted. With some experience, we can distinguish different musical instruments in an orchestra, diagnose a mechanical problem in a car by listening to its engine, and recognize the footsteps of someone familiar. However, it would require a computer with enormous processing capacity to carry out even one of these apparently simple operations.
Auditory cognition, the mechanisms by which the brain achieves these feats, is an important and expanding research area in experimental psychology. It has major potential applications in other areas of research, yet until now no text has been available for non-specialists. This book fulfils this need. Experts from Europe and North America present the realms of perceptual organization, memory, attention, music psychology, neurophysiology, and developmental psychology as they relate to listening. The result is an authoritative summary of what is known about the cognitive aspects of human audition, including a helpful glossary of terms. Advanced students and researchers will find Thinking in Sound a comprehensive and readable account of this fascinating area of study.
Introduction to Digital Audio Coding and Standards by Marina Bosi, Richard E. Goldberg. Springer 2002. 458p
Foreword by Leonardo Chiariglione: The topic of digital audio coding is of interest to a wide audience, including engineering and industrial professionals working in telecommunications, hardware design, music, and software product development.
Introduction to Digital Audio Coding and Standards provides a detailed introduction to the methods, implementations, and official standards of state-of-the-art audio coding technology. In the book, the theory and implementation of each of the basic coder building blocks is addressed. The building blocks are then fit together into a full coder and the reader is shown how to judge the performance of such a coder. Finally, the authors discuss the features, choices, and performance of the main state-of-the-art coders defined in the ISO/IEC MPEG and HDTV standards and in commercial use today.
The ultimate goal of this book is to present the reader with a solid enough understanding of the major issues in the theory and implementation of perceptual audio coders that they are able to build their own simple audio codec. There is no other source available where a non-professional has access to the true secrets of audio coding.
Introduction to Digital Audio Coding and Standards is based on a graduate course at Stanford University going into its 7th year. The subject material has been fine-tuned through this process to be accessible to readers of vastly differing backgrounds, levels of preparation, and interests. Exercises that apply the concepts covered are included at the end of each chapter.