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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An over-processed track suffers from what audio engineers might consider to be too much of a good thing. Any process designed to improve, repair, enhance, or otherwise advance the quality of an audio track can, if used in excess, have the reverse effect and start to diminish its overall quality.
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.
Acetate stock was used as a base for motion picture film, sound film, and magnetic tape predominantly between the 1950s and the 1980s. Acetate stock replaced the flammable nitrate stock that had been the base for 35mm theatrical film during the first half century of the motion picture era. It is