Chris Abbott, Andrew Laggan
This book is the first half of a two volume set that comprehensively covers sound chips and the systems containing them: from technical information to entertaining anecdotes and death waveforms, even experts will find out things they had no idea about.
Written in an accessible and friendly way, it nevertheless delivers a lot of information (with a couple of super technical bits at the back). If you wondered how people played samples through speakers, wonder no longer!
Coverage ranges from 1977's TIA as in the Atari 2600 and the Intel 8244/5 as in the Odyssey2, through the legendary AY-3-891x and SN76489 that dominated home micros, to the mighty SID and Paula, and to the YM2151 and sister chips that presaged FM taking over the world... with PCM chips such as the SegaPCM in tow of course!
AN ANTHOLOGY OF SOUND CHIPS VOL. 1: ARCADE, CONSOLE AND HOME MICRO SOUND CHIPS (1977-1986)