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Emulators

Emulators were digital sampling synthesizers that were quite popular between 1980 and 1990. These devices were commonly used among musicians since they were affordable and small in size. At their peak era, emulators were fairly common in live performances and they became an instant market hit. Emulators were discontinued around the year 2002.  The first…
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The Basics of Audio Distortion

Distortion is any deviation that mimics an audio waveform between two points in a single path. Unwanted distortion is usually caused by an extremely strong signal. When an audio signal level is too high, it loses some of its essential components. When this happens, a distorted sound is created. A distortion is a form of…
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Processing Sounds

Processing sounds means changing the characteristics of an audio signal. Processing sounds can be used to create new sounds, improve audio, fix sound issues, separate audio sources, as well as to compress, store, and transmit audio information. The most common types of audio processing include compression, expansion, limiting, chorus, equalization, reverb, flanging, and phasing.  The…
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The Art of Musical Articulations

Musical articulations denote the way a musical instrument can be played. Articulations are musical parameters that determine how a specific note sounds. Articulations are capable of determining the configuration and altering of both the beginning and the end of a specific event, including the pitch, the length and shape of attack and decay, the dynamics,…
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The Basics Of Audio Filters

Audio filters are electronic circuits that are designed to either amplify or attenuate specific frequency range elements. When this happens, unwanted noise is removed from the audio signal, enhancing the tone of the output audio signal. Audio filters are essential in any audio system and they are widely used in both audio electronics and telecommunications. …
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Sequencers

Sequencers, also known as music sequencers or audio sequencers, are devices or software applications that are capable of recording, editing or playing back music. The process requires handing both performance and note information through different forms.  Music sequencers can have several classifications. One of them makes reference to the way data is handled. Within this…
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Plugins

Audio plugins are software components that add a specific feature to an existing computer program, enabling customization. Plugins are self-contained pieces of code that can be plugged in to digital audio workstations (DAWs) to improve their functionality. Plugins can enhance any computer software by adding sound synthesis or digital signal processing. Plugins add audio-related richness…
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Reverberation Effect

Reverberation, commonly known as reverb, refers to as the persistence of a sound after the specific sound has been produced. Reverb is created when a signal is reflected, causing several reflections to build up. When this happens, the signal decays as the sound is absorbed by the different surfaces within a space.  Reverberation is frequency-dependent…
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Understanding Sound Frequency

First things first. Let’s define sound frequency. Sound frequency is a property of sound that is typically associated with the musical pitch. Sound frequency is the number of waveform cycles that happen within a specific time. Frequency is measured in Hertz.  Every musical instrument has different amounts of energy depending on the frequency range. Every…
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Mastering

Mastering is the process of preparing and transferring recorded audio from a source that holds the final mix into a data storage device. This data storage device is known as a master. Mastering is the last step in the process of making a professional-sounding song. Mastering acts like a filter; a type of audio post-production…
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