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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Backgrounds or ambience refers to atmospheric sound. In post production terms, ambience can be the inherent noise of a location or a sound effect sweetener meant to emulate the inherent sound of a location (i.e., wind, air conditioning, or traffic).
Restoration is the removal or repair of anomalies in a soundtrack that may have resulted from wear and tear or technical errors induced in the audio program since its original production. The process of restoration can be accomplished to differing degrees. A light restoration may include the
The Academy curve is a standard playback equalization curve for pre-1975 mono, non-Dolby® optical soundtracks. It functions as the second part of a noise reduction scheme that begins by adding a “pre-emphasis” to audio intended for theatrical playback by boosting its high frequencies. When