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Idiot's Guides: Mixing Music by Michael Miller

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APPENDIXA

Glossary

0 dB Zero decibels, a common reference point for discussing sound levels. Levels above 0 dB are expressed as positive (+1 dB); levels below 0 dB are expressed as negative (–1 dB).

acoustic instrument An instrument without pickups or built-in electronics that requires a microphone for recording.

acoustical foam A type of sound-absorbing foam used to deaden recording studios.

acoustics The science that deals with sound and its physical properties.

active speaker A loudspeaker with a self-contained power amplifier. Most studio monitors (and all computer speakers) are active speakers.

AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format) A type of digital audio file used on the Macintosh operating system. AIFF files (along with Windows WAV files) ...

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