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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A decibel (dB), named by Bell labs for it's founder, Alexander Graham Bell, is a logarithmic, relative scale for measuring power or amplitude, and it is used in a wide variety of disciplines. With respect to audio, it is a measurement of loudness. Human hearing has a dynamic range of about
Conforming, also known as synchronization, is the act of placing audio in a matching time reference with picture so that sound coincides with image. Picture and sound are usually recorded separately, and even if they are recorded to the same tape at the same time, they will need to be separated in
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.