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Difference between Level, Signal Strength, Amplitude and Volume?

It seems impossible to find a precise answer to this question. I researched for quite some time, but different sources come up with different definitions, that sometimes disagree or contradict with ...
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What type of adapter combines 2 mono 3.5mm jacks into 1 stereo 3.5mm jack with each mono track on a different band?

[Note: Heavily edited for clarification] My Zoom H1N can record stereo input from a 3.5mm input. I have two lav mics with 3.5mm ends. I want one mic to record into the left channel and the other to ...
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People using descriptive words on high-fi flat audio

Now that I've gotten a little deeper into the world of pro audio, I often hear people claiming this speaker or this DAC, etc. is so high quality - it sounds [insert random descriptive words]. Then ...
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Is there a word that describes when too much audio is being play simultaneously?

I asked this question over in the Game Dev, but was told I would get a better answer here related to the specifics of the terminology and background behind the issue. In the Unity game engine, before ...
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Is there a convention to categorize different levels of stereo enhancement?

In making sound files, I want to label different variations of the same sound that have different levels of stereo enhancements, one for being when the effect sounds more mono-channel and the other ...
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What is a "hot" output?

What do "hotter output" and "headroom" (with regards to signal) mean in the following excerpt from an M-Audio Troubleshooting page? Along those same lines, the M-Track 2X2 and 2X2M were designed ...
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What is the difference between staged limitting and normal limitting?

i was checking some mastering document and i saw something about staged limitting. What is its benefit ? Is that better than normal limitting techniques ?
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What is the technical term for these speakers?

What is the technical term for this style of speaker? In my experience they are typically 3-5 feet tall, and 12 to 24 inches wide. Usually has 1 woofer, 1 midrange, and 1 tweeter.
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What are the meanings of pan(ning) and pan pot?

What are the meanings of pan(ning) and pan pot? from what original meanings of pan and pot are the meanings in sound engineering derived?
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What is a "violator"?

I'm exchanging email about specs with a video editor who was going to send me materials. He asked me if I needed a "violator" in the video to do my audio work? What is a violator? Is it a video term ...
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Inches vs Watts on speakers, what does it mean? What is the difference?

You find speakers that read... 8" 200W , 10" 200W, 12" 200W. What is the difference in these speakers, same manufacturer. Or you find Subs that read, 15" 500W, 18" 500W,15" 1400W, 18" 300W,18" 800W. I'...
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How does one call the y axis of a waveform?

In many audio applications one can find a waveform representation, but the y-axis normally is never labelled. Now, if you would plot your own waveform and wanted to label it, what would be a correct ...
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What is a stereo pair of samples called?

I'm a part of a development team working on an audio processing application. We have the silliest problem that's already caused us some trouble coding. We work with stereo audio signals, and when ...
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What is it called when there are several channels of audio playing over a video?

I'm editing a video where there are several channels of audio playing over it. I have things like background music, sound effects, etc. Would it be correct to call them audio channels or is there a ...
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What is the sound equivalent of 'mise en scene'?

Fairly straightforward question, really! Is there an equivalent (I don't think it's a particularly controversial point) and what do you call it?
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Definition of POV sound

Does any one know any web sites that have a good glossary of definitions of audio terms? I am looking for a definition for "POV sound".
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Another Term for Freelance

So, I just came across this line in a Craig's List post: "This is a non paying job, I am not getting paid either. Strictly freelance." Clearly this person seems to think that freelance = free. ...
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What constitutes a "musical" EQ?

In reading product advertisements and gear reviews in magazines like Sound on Sound, I've come across the term "musical" a few times referring to an apparently positive quality of an equalizer device ...
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Recognizing notes within sound?

I am trying to write a small application which would try and recognize notes within a recorded sound. I don't know much about sound theory, and I am having a hard time figuring out how digitalized ...
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What is a "ducker"?

I saw another question on here that asked how to set up a ducker. Can someone provide a detailed explanation of what a ducker is? I couldn't glean a specific meaning from the context of the linked-...
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What does the term quantization refer to?

Many DAWs have the option to "quantize" a set of notes. What does it do?
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