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Home Recording Glossary

Here, you'll find a collection of terms that you'll commonly run into when recording. These cover both studio and live sound techniques. This list is updated frequently; if there's something you need that you don't see covered, please email me so it can be added!

What is an in-ear monitor?
Are you looking at in-ear monitoring as an option for your band or in the studio? In this article, you'll learn what in-ear monitors are, what they're used for, and how to get started using them yourself.

Omnidirectional Microphone
What is an omnidirectional microphone? Omni microphones are some of the most natural sounding mics you can buy -- and the most expensive! Find out why at the Home Recording Glossary.

Balanced Armature
What is a balanced armature driver? If you're shopping for earphones, chances are you'll have a choice between a balanced armature driver and a dynamic driver. In this article, you'll learn what a balanced armature is, and how they make your earphones sound great.

Bit Depth
A definition of audio bit depth (sometimes referred to as "bit rate") and how it affects your recording quality, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary

Ribbon Microphone
What is a ribbon microphone? In this entry from the Home Recording Glossary at About.com, you'll learn all about ribbon microphones and what their ideal usage is.

VCA
Looking for information on VCAs? Mixing with VCAs is an easy way to manage a large-channel mixing session. Check out this definition of VCA from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Digital-to-Analog Converter
What is a D/A or digital-to-analog converter? This quick and easy-to-read article explains everything that is D/A conversion!

Digital Distribution
Looking for information about Digital Distribution? Here's a full glossary entry on Digital Distribution from the Home Recording Glossary at About.com!

Overdub
A definition and explanation of a Overdub from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Normalization
A definition and explanation of a Normalization from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Multitrack
A definition and explanation of a Multitrack from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Multiprocessor
A definition and explanation of a Multiprocessor from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Mono-Compatable
A definition and explanation of Mono-Compatable, or Monaural Compatable, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Mono
A definition and explanation of Mono, or Monaural, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

MIDI
A definition and explanation of MIDI, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Localization
A definition and explanation of Localization, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Line Level
A definition and explanation of Line Level, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Limiter
A definition and explanation of a limiter, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Stereo Image
A definition and explanation of Stereo Image, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Headroom
A definition and explanation of Headroom, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Haas Effect
A definition and explanation of Haas Effect, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Ground Loop
A definition and explanation of Ground Loop, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Gobo
A definition and explanation of Gobo, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Noise Gate
A definition and explanation of Noise Gate, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Gain
A definition and explanation of gain, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Fundamental
A definition and explanation of Fundamental, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Frequency
A definition and explanation of Frequency, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Fletcher-Munson Phenomenon
A definition and explanation of Fletcher-Munson Phenomenon, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Flanger
A definition and explanation of Flanger, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Feedback
A definition and explanation of feedback, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Expander (in Audio Recording)
A definition and explanation of an expander, used in audio recording, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Equalization (EQ)
A definition and explanation of EQ, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Envelope
A definition of envelope, used in audio recording, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary.

Echo (Reverb) Chamber
A definition of Echo Chamber (or Reverb Chamber), from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Doubling (In Recording)
A definition of doubling, used in recording, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Direct Box (DI Box)
Definition of direct box (or DI, or direct injection) box, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary.

Digital-to-Analog Converter
A definition of Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) from the About.com Home Recording Glossary.

De-Esser
A definition of de-esser, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Decibel
A definition of decibel, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary.

Crossover
A definition of an audio crossover circuit, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Click Track
A definition of click track, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Binaural Recording
A definition of binaural recording, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary.

Bass Trap
A definition of bass trap, as used in room acoustics, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Auxiliary (Aux) Send
A definition of auxiliary (or aux) send, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Attenuation
A definition of attenuation from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Attack (in audio compression)
A definition of attack, when used in audio compression, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

Ambience
A definition of ambience, as used in recording, from the About.com Home Recording Glossary!

AES/EBU Digital Standard
A definition of the AES/EBU digital standard at the About.com Home Recording Glossary.

Analog-to-Digital Converter
A definition of analog-to-digital converter from About.com's Home Recording Glossary.

A/B Listening
A definition of A/B listening in the About.com Home Recording Glossary.

Mastering
A definition of mastering, in terms of audio mastering, specifically music.

Compressor
A definition of an audio compressor, in the context of live sound and studio recording.

What is MADI?
In the world of audio, MADI is one of the most exciting protocols that's quickly becoming a standard in studios and live stages everywhere. What is MADI, and how can you use it to improve your audio workflow? About.com's Joe Shambro explains MADI interfaces.

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