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Audio Engineering

Subject : engineering
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1. A type of noise that is produced by combining sounds of all different frequencies together






2. Lowest frequency in a harmonic series






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






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






5. 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






6. 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.






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






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






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






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






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






12. Measure of opposition to a sinusoidal alternating current






13. Unit of power






14. 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






15. 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.






16. 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






17. 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)






18. Rate of repetition of periodic motion






19. Speed of sound. 1130 ft/s






20. Different in charge levels between 2 conductive elements






21. 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.






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






23. 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)






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






25. Analog to Digital






26. The relationship of two wave forms






27. Boosts or cuts frequencies around a specified frequency






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






29. Describes bandwith






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






31. Controls level in pre amp






32. The unit with which frequency is measured






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






34. Lets frequencies below a certain level






35. Signal path in mixer - channels can be routed






36. Measures the amount of amplitude applied to a signal






37. Any device used to increase signal level






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






39. 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






40. Unit of electrical current






41. Difference between loudest and quietest SPL