Here is a collection of common music production glossary terms and definitions for music newbies.
Music Production Glossary Terms
- Digital Audio Workstation ( DAW ) – This is a computer software program for recording, editing, and producing audio files such as songs, beats, and sound effects.
- Musical Instrument Digital Interface ( MIDI ) – MIDI allows electronic music instruments, computers, and other devices to connect and communicate with one another.
- Virtual Studio Technology ( VST ) – This is a software interface that can add instruments ( Examples: Synth, Piano, Bass, etc. ) and effect plugins to music programs.
- WAVeform ( WAV ) – WAV is an audio file format.
- Synthesizer ( Synth ) – A synthesizer is an electronic music instrument that generates electric signals that are converted to sound through instrument amplifiers.
- Metronome – A metronome is a device that produces regular ticks – settable in beats per minute. These ticks represent a fixed, regular pulse.
- 16 Bars – 16 Bars is a reference to how long a usual rap verse is. Rap Song Structure
- Tempo is the speed or pace of music. The same info for Beats Per Minute ( BPM ).
- Chords – A chord is a harmonic set of three or more notes played at once. Video
- Music Theory – The study of music elements, including sound and pitch, rhythm, melody, harmony, and notation.
- Drum Machine – A drum machine is an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums, cymbals, other percussion instruments, and often bass lines.
Audio Mixing Terms
- Clipping – Clipping is a form of audio distortion that happens when audio is too loud.
- Equalization ( EQ ) is the process of adjusting the frequency of the audio or instrument.
- Panning is the process of adjusting the audio to the left speaker, right speaker, or center.
- Effects – Effects is the process of adding reverbs, delays, echoes, and more to audio tracks.
- Mastering Audio is the process merging all mixed audio and preparing it for distribution.
- Bounce or Bouncing is the process of exporting individual audio tracks in your audio mix.
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This article is a part of How to Make Beats series.
Posted by on August 9, 2016. Category: How to Make Beats