Glossary of Digital Audio terms
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, or one who composes, conducts, or performs music.
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.
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. 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.
A channel strip is a device that allows the output of an audio device to be amplified to a line level and integrated into some other system. An audio channel strip may be a stand alone unit or one of many units built into a mixing desk. It usually includes a microphone preamp with a switchable phantom power voltage to power condenser microphones and some form of audio equalization. Some designs also offer other facilities including audio compression, de-essing, noise-gating and limiting.
A digital audio workstation (D.A.W.) is an electronic device or computer software application for recording, editing and producing audio files. DAWs come in a wide variety of configurations from a single software program on a laptop, to an integrated stand-alone unit, all the way to a highly complex configuration of numerous components controlled by a central computer.
DAWs are used for the production of music, radio, television, podcasts, multimedia and nearly any other situation where complex recorded audio is needed.
Sound effects (or audio effects) are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of films, television shows, live performance, animation, video games, music, or other media. The term often refers to a process applied to a recording, without necessarily referring to the recording itself. In professional motion picture and television production, dialogue, music, though the processes applied to such as reverberation, flanging or distortion, effects, often are called "sound effects
A musical instrument is an instrument created or adapted to make musical sounds. In principle, any object that produces sound can be a musical instrument—it is through purpose that the object becomes a musical instrument. The history of musical instruments dates to the beginnings of human culture. Early musical instruments may have been used for ritual, such as a trumpet to signal success on the hunt, or a drum in a religious ceremony.
MAS is an acronym for "MOTU Audio System". The MAS plugin format was created by MOTU for its Digital Performer DAW application suite. While MOTU and several plugin developers still support the MAS format.
A musician (or instrumentalist) is a person who plays a musical instrument or is musically talented, or one who composes, conducts, or performs music.
Musicians can specialize in any musical style, and some musicians play in a variety of different styles. Examples of a musician's possible skills include performing, conducting, singing, composing, arranging, and the orchestration of music.