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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Lt/Rt (Left total / Right total) stereo indicates two channels of program that exist as an encoded matrix of four to six discrete source channels. When decoded with Dolby® Pro-Logic, the two-channel matrix will play back as LCRS (left, center, right, surround). When decoded with Dolby® Pro-Logic
An artifact is an unintended and undesirable by-product of a process or treatment which has been applied to an audio track in excess. Artifacts are NOT inherent in the source material; they are created or induced by a process, and in many cases are irreparable. Artifacting can occur regardless
Modulating hiss refers to noise levels that noticeably rise and fall with program level. For example, a common occurrence of modulating hiss can be heard when noise levels rise around each spoken word of dialogue in a soundtrack.