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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All recorded media are designed to play back at specific, stable rates of speed. If the record or playback speed fluctuates, random variations in the pitch of the program, called wow, will result. Wow is inherent in any mechanical transfer, though in an optimal transfer, it should be so minor as
A sound wave moving through the atmosphere pushes air. As the air in front of the wave gets compressed, the air pressure goes up. The magnitude of change in the air pressure from that sound wave is its amplitude. The bigger its amplitude, the louder the wave will sound.