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Audio Engineering

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1. Lowest frequency in a harmonic series

2. 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

3. Measure of opposition to a sinusoidal alternating current

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

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

6. The unit with which frequency is measured

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

8. Signal path in mixer - channels can be routed

9. 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

10. 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.

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

12. Controls level in pre amp

13. Unit of power

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

15. 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

16. Measures the amount of amplitude applied to a signal

17. Describes bandwith

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

19. Unit of electrical current

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

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

22. Difference between loudest and quietest SPL

23. Rate of repetition of periodic motion

24. Analog to Digital

25. 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)

26. Any device used to increase signal level

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

28. Different in charge levels between 2 conductive elements

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

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

31. Speed of sound. 1130 ft/s

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

33. 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

34. 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.

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

36. The relationship of two wave forms

37. 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.

38. Lets frequencies below a certain level

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

40. Boosts or cuts frequencies around a specified frequency

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)