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Glossary of Digital Audio terms

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AAX - Avid Audio Extensions are used in the Pro Tools digital audio workstation for Microsoft Windows and OS X developed and manufactured by Avid Technology. Pro Tools can run as standalone software, or operate using a range of external A / D converters and internal PCI or PCIe audio cards with onboard DSP.
There are currently two main versions: 11 (build 11.3.1) and 10 (build
10.3.10). Two other releases have also been announced, known as 12 and
First, a free version of the DAW. For more on AAX click here.


An Artist is the featured musician / performer (or instrumentalist) for whom the Music Producer develops the project for, who plays a musical instrument or is musically talented,[1] or one who composes, conducts, or performs music.[2]


Audio Units are plug-ins that can be used to create and or process audio by
applications such as Logic X, GarageBand, and , Ableton Live, and others. All Mac computers include a collection of Apple
Audio Units, and many other manufacturers distribute plug-ins in Audio
Units format.

Audio Engineer

An audio engineer is concerned with the recording, manipulation, mixing and reproduction of sound. Many audio engineers creatively use technologies to produce sound for film, radio, television, music, electronic products and computer games.[1] Alternatively, the term audio engineer can refer to a scientist or professional engineer who holds a B.Sc. or M.Sc. who designs, develops and builds new audio technologies working within the field of acoustical engineering.

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