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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Phasing is a steady or variable cancellation of frequencies created when two copies of identical program material are combined with very small variations in timing. The timing variations that cause phasing are up to approximately 1/2 a video frame apart. When the timing variation between the
Magneto Optical Disk
A magneto optical disk, or MOD, is a digital data storage medium. Like a hard drive, CD, DVD, and flash drive, it reads and writes digital data. MODs are removable media, separate from the drive mechanism, that are housed in a protective case. In post-production, MODs primarily serve three
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.