audio terms

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    (term) RTA

    A real-time analyzer (RTA) is a professional audio device that measures and displays the frequency spectrum of an audio signal; a spectrum analyzer that works in real time. An RTA can range from a small PDA-sized device to a rack-mounted hardware unit to software running on a laptop. It works by...
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    (term) Lookahead

    Lookahead or Look Ahead may refer to: A parameter of some combinatorial search algorithms, describing how deeply the graph representing the problem is explored A parameter of some parsing algorithms; the maximum number of tokens that a parser can use to...
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    (term) fourier transform

    The Fourier transform decomposes a function of time (a signal) into the frequencies that make it up, in a way similar to how a musical chord can be expressed as the amplitude (or loudness) of its constituent notes. The Fourier transform of a function of time itself is a complex-valued function...
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    (term) A cappella

    A cappella [a kkapˈpɛlla] (Italian for "in the manner of the chapel") music is specifically group or solo singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. It contrasts with cantata, which is accompanied singing. The term "a cappella" was originally...
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    (term) 2-bus

    2-bus (2 buss) - means stereo master or stereo bus or mixbus
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    (term) XY

    see XY Stereo
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    (term) ORTF

    The ORTF stereo technique provides the recording with a wider stereo image than XY stereo and still preserves a reasonable amount of mono-information. Care must be taken when using this technique at larger distances, as the directional microphones exhibit proximity effect and will result in low...
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    (term) MTC

    MIDI time code (MTC), or MIDI time division, embeds the same timing information as standard SMPTE time code as a series of small 'quarter-frame' MIDI messages. There is no provision for the user bits in the standard MIDI time code messages, and Sy*** messages are used to carry this information...
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    (term) AES

    AES The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by...
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    (term) brownout

    Brownout (electricity) drop in voltage in an electrical power supply, so named because it typically causes lights to dim. Brown out are usually during the summer when power consumption is at it highest.
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    (term) saturation

    the condition at which a component of the system has reached its maximum traffic-handling capacity. Note: Saturation is equivalent to one erlang per circuit. The point at which the output of a linear device, such as a linear amplifier, deviates significantly from being a linear function of...
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    (term) de-emphasis

    In telecommunication, de-emphasis is a system process designed to decrease, within a band of frequencies, the magnitude of some (usually higher) frequencies with respect to the magnitude of other (usually lower) frequencies in order to improve the overall signal-to-noise ratio by minimizing...
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    (term) Brownian noise

    Brownian noise ls known as Brown noise or red noise, is the kind of signal noise produced by Brownian motion hence its alternative name of random walk noise. The term "Brown noise" comes not from the color, but after Robert Brown, the discoverer of Brownian motion. The graphic representation...
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    (term) Pink Noise

    Pink noise is a signal or process with a frequency spectrum such that the power spectral density is inversely proportional to the frequency. In pink noise, each octave carries an equal amount of noise power. The name arises from being intermediate between white noise (1/ƒ0) and red noise...
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    (term) Standing Wave

    A standing wave, also known as a stationary wave, is a wave that remains in a constant position. This phenomenon can occur because the medium is moving in the opposite direction to the wave, or it can arise in a stationary medium as a result of interference between two waves traveling in...
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    (term) buffer

    Buffer and Buffer Setting: This is an important step in setting up your DAW, and many musicians new to digital hardware may not be aware of its significance. When you attach a sound card (audio interface) to your computer, you will have the option of setting buffer sizes, which will directly...
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    (term) box

    Box - a slang term for a computer (desktop computer) see: DAW
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    (term) ITB

    ITB - A term used to refer to music or audio production that takes place entirely - or as entirely as possible - within a computer-based DAW. "In the box" generally refers to mixing the audio in the DAW, using plug-ins for processing rather than going outside the computer ( OTB ) to external...
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    (term) Otb

    Out Of The Box - A term that refers to a recording project that was partially or completely produced using hardware equipment outside of the computer. Box is another term for a computer. See: DAW OTB - see analog summing and hybrid DAW see: ITB
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    (term) CMS

    A content management system (CMS) is the collection of procedures used to manage work flow in a collaborative environment. These procedures can be manual or computer-based. The procedures are designed to: Allow for a large number of people to contribute to and share stored data Control...