Vocab (A &B)

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Accidentals
Altering a pitch to one that is not the key signature.
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Acoustic
A sound that is produced naturally with no additional amplification.
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ADSR
Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release. The controls on an envelope generator that are used shape a sound.
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Aliasing
Artefacts created when a frequency has not been correctly recreated by an A/D convertor and back to a D/A convertor.
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Ambience
The amount of reverb that sound contains either naturally or from a room or artificially added by an effect.
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Amplifier
A piece of equipment used to boost a signal.
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Amplitude
The height of a waveform measured from its mean or zero position to its maximum displacement.
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Analogue
When a signal or equipment uses a continuously variable physical quantity.
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Arpeggiator
A device that automatically plays the individual notes of a chord as an arpeggio/broken chord.
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Artefacts
Unwanted sounds created as a by-product during audio processing.
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Attack (Dynamics)
The length of time it takes once the threshold is crossed for the processor to apply its process. EXAMPLE: When the signal goes above the threshold on a compressor, the attack is amount of time taken to reduce the signal by the amount specified in the ra
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Attack (Synthesis)
The length of time it takes between a note being started and the point at which it reaches its peak.
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Audio Interface
A device that connects a computer to audio peripherals such microphones, speakers and musical instruments.
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Automation
Programming adjustable parameters to operate automatically during playback and mixing.
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Auto-Tune
The software that automatically changes the pitch to the nearest absolute pitch. It can also be used as a creative effect. Alternatives include Melodyne, FlexPitch, VariAudio.
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Aux/Bus
An additional output channel for routing to effects, monitors or as an alternative output. Can be used as a method of grouping channels. Often the same as bus channels
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Backing Track
A pre-recorded piece of music to be performed over.
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Bandwidth (1) Bandwidth(2)
A range of frequencies. The amount of data that can be transferred at one time.
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Balanced
A connection that has two signals in inversion to one another to reduce noise when put back into phase.
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Bit Depth
The number of bits used in each sample in analogue to digital conversion.
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Bouncing Down
The process of converting sounds to a new audio file embedding all the processing applied to them. Normally multiple tracks into fewer tracks but sometimes used to print effects onto an audio track.
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A sound that is produced naturally with no additional amplification.

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Acoustic

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Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release. The controls on an envelope generator that are used shape a sound.

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Artefacts created when a frequency has not been correctly recreated by an A/D convertor and back to a D/A convertor.

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The amount of reverb that sound contains either naturally or from a room or artificially added by an effect.

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