1) The shortening of an audio signal, sample or song, typically by cutting off the end. 2) The dropping of bits of data when the bit resolution is reduced (for example, from 24-bit to 16-bit), causing digital distortion unless dithering is applied.
A metal fork with two prongs that vibrate with a fairly pure tone of one frequency when the fork is struck.
A device to support and rotate a phonograph record during playback.
A speaker designed to reproduce only the higher frequencies of the sound.
A speaker system with separate speakers to reproduce the lower frequencies (woofer) and the higher frequencies (tweeter).
A cable with two conductors (a signal wire and a ground wire) and connectors on each end. Unbalanced cables are often susceptible to electromagnetic interference and noise. Examples of unbalanced cables are guitar/instrument cables (also called tip-sleeve or TS cables) and RCA cables.
A microphone pick-up pattern which is more sensitive to sound arriving from one direction than from any other.
Several performers, instruments or sound sources that are sounding at the same time and with the same pitch.
The scenario in which there is no increase or decrease in signal strength at the output of an amplifier or device compared to the signal strength at the input (typically described as 0 dB).
A diode, a glass tube with the gases removed, through which electrical current can flow. In audio, vacuum tubes are used in amplifiers, oscillators, and other analog devices.
A part of a song or chord progression that is repeated, usually at the end of the song, and usually the chorus or part of the chorus.
A method of ending the recording of a song where the music has a repeating part and the engineer reduces volume until the music fades out.
A control on a tape machine that changes the play speed.
A trademarked, patented technology of ElectroVoice in its microphone designs to vary the proximity effect in its microphones. Variable-D places several ports along the microphone body, each of which has a reduced level of sensitivity to higher frequencies the further they are placed from the microphone’s diaphragm.
Shorthand for “Voltage Controlled Amplifier,” an amp whose gain is affected by an external voltage fed to it.