15 terms

Digital Media 5.01 & 5.02 Vocabulary - Part 1

Vocabulary 1-15
Compression wave
A shock wave that compresses the medium through which it is transmitted; a sound wave
The measure of the amount of energy in a sound wave; same as loudness
The distance from the crest of one wave to the crest of the next
The number of waves that pass a point in each second; the number of vibrations per second
(dB) A common measurement of loudness
How high or low a sound seems; determined by its wavelength or its frequency. The shorter the wavelength, the higher the frequency becomes
Sampling Rate
The number of times per second a device records a sample of the sound wave being created
Sample Size
The number of bits of data in each sample; the more bits the better the sound quality of the recording; also known as audio resolution
Audio Channels
Individual recordings and sound, including monaural (1 channel), stereophonic (2 channels) and surround sound (5 channels)
Cutting and pasting
Cutting an audio track into clips and then pasting the clips back together
Mixer/audio board
A device that allows you to control the input and output audio levels during recording or live performances
VU Meters
A visual representation of the output level of an audio board in real time
Track level
The volume level of an individual track
Master fader
A set of sliders on an audio board that controls the output signal level
Line level inputs
Inputs that are not amplified on an audio board; typically used for devices that have a very strong signal or their own form of amplification, such as synthesizers