Welcome to TriggerTone — the searchable online guide to audio post production terminology.
For more than a century, those who work with audio have developed a vocabulary all their own - a lexicon where cans are worn over your ears, clipping has nothing to do with coupons, bias never refers to favoritism, sweetening contains no sweetener, a matrix does not star Keanu Reeves, and "wow" is one thing you never want to hear.
TriggerTone signals the start of your search through the multitude of terms used in audio post. Curious why motor boating has sunk your track or how an anomaly with a name as innocuous sounding as flutter could cause so many rejections? The definitions herein were written for professionals not necessarily familiar with the physics of sound or the mind numbing details of an audio engineering textbook. Rather, the goal of TriggerTone is to provide concise, clear interpretations of terms as they relate to audio post embellished with sound clips and illustrations where helpful.
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Advanced Intelligent Tape
AIT, or Advanced Intelligent Tape, is a high-speed, high-capacity magnetic tape data storage format developed by Sony to compete with the DLT, LTO, DAT/DDS, and VXA formats. AIT uses a dual-reel cassette similar to 8mm Video8 or Exabyte formats. Super AIT (SAIT) is a higher capacity variant
A cross-fade is used to blend one piece of audio into another. During a cross-fade, the volume of the tail of one piece of audio gradually decreases, while the volume of the start of the next piece of audio gradually increases.
A trigger tone is a 12kHz sine wave that was used to "trigger," or turn on, the surround channel of a discrete LCRS (Left channel, Center channel, Right channel, Surround channel) Cinemascope™ print. Early LCRS surround mixes for Cinemascope films contained very little surround