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Audio Engineering

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1. Lowest frequency in a harmonic series

2. Signal path in mixer - channels can be routed

3. Any device used to increase signal level

4. Device that mutes a signal when it falls bellow a certain level

5. The unit with which frequency is measured

6. Picks up sound from front and a little from back of microphone

7. Rate of repetition of periodic motion

8. The directional response of a mic refers to its sensitivity (output level) at various angles of incidence with respect to the front (on - axis) of the microphone

9. Heart shaped: picks up sound from front of microphone only

10. Unit of power

11. Picks up sound from front and back of microphone but not the sides.

12. Devices for cutting or boosting frequencies within a 3rd of an octave

13. Shape of sound: Attack - Decay - Sustain - Release (ADSR)

14. The relationship of two wave forms

15. Sounds amazing - ribbon is corrugated but the ribbon can break if too loud - auto- compress sounds (all sounds will even out) - output it low - Similar to dynamic mics - but use a thin metal ribbon instead of a moving coil.

16. Unit of electrical current

17. A type of noise that is produced by combining sounds of all different frequencies together

18. Loudness or hight of a sound wave - Increase signal level

19. A cable capable of eliminating unwanted noise and hum that might be introduced along its length by carrying two versions of the signal - one with its polarity inverted.

20. Level of signal generated before it is amplified by the pre amp to line level

21. Speed of sound. 1130 ft/s

22. A metronomic click used during recording to keep musicians playing in time or audio engineers to set delay timings.

23. Analog to Digital

24. Two conductive plates separated by an insulator. Capable of retaining an electrical charge

25. Controls level in pre amp

26. Different in charge levels between 2 conductive elements

27. Are really rugged... Very sturdy -Takes a really high SPL level - Good: Takes a lot of pressure to make it move - Negative: Drums - Guitar amp - Live singing - inexpensive

28. Difference between loudest and quietest SPL

29. Measure of opposition to a sinusoidal alternating current

30. A device that brings an electrical signal from microphone level to line level.

31. Boosts or cuts frequencies around a specified frequency

32. Lets frequencies below a certain level

33. Measures the amount of amplitude applied to a signal

34. Needs external power (phantom power 48v) From mixer or mic pre - quality depends on the Voltage (48v or lower) - doesn't need as much SPL but is more fragile

35. When a processor like effects or compression is patched into a channel or group on a mixer/audio console - the processed signal supersedes and replaces the original.

36. If the compression ratio is made large enough - the compressor will actually become a limiter (above 4:1) - (electronics) an nonlinear electronic circuit whose output is limited in amplitude

37. Cycles sound wave makes in a second. 20 C = 20 Hz 20 -000 C = 20 -000 Hz (20-20 -000 average human ear can hear)

38. Picks up sound from front and a little more from back

39. Describes bandwith

40. Orb around the microphone can hear from any direction.

41. It is used to proportionately reduce the dynamics of a signal that rise above a user- definable level (known as the threshold) to a lesser volume range. (below 4:1)