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Audio Vocabulary

(Dig Des) Can You Hear Me Now

TermDefinition
Dynamic microphone microphone in which sound waves cause a movable wire or coil to vibrate in a magnetic field and induces a current
Lavalier microphone small microphone that allows for hand movements (worn around neck, clipped on shirt, etc.)
PZM or boundary microphone small omnidirectional condenser mic capsule near or flush with a boundary (surface)
parabolic microphone microphone that uses a parabolic reflector to collect and focus sound waves onto receiver
built in microphone microphone that is already in a computer (built in)
boom microphone directional microphone mounted/attached to pole or arm
condenser microphone microphone that uses a capacitor to convert the compression of sound waves into electrical energy
narration commentary of incidents or events
voice over piece of narration in a movie or broadcast (without image of the speaker
dialogue conversation between 2+ people
sound effects sound other than speech/music made artificially
natural sound sound produced by natural sources in their normal soundscape
foley sound reproduction of everyday sound effects added to film, video, and other media in post-production
sweetened sound audio fine-tuned to enhance how it sounds for film, video games, etc.
library sound
synthesized sound sound made from scratch (sound generated using electrical hardware or software)
music vocal or instrumental sounds combined to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion
equalization process of adjusting balance between frequency components within an electronic signal
pick up pattern a microphone's sensitivity to sound relative to direction or angle from which the sound arrives
XLR cable (female on left, male on right) a style of electrical connector, primarily found on professional audio, video, and stage lighting equipment
BNC cable (Bayonet Neill-Concelman) a miniature quick connect/disconnect radio frequency connector used for coaxial cable
RCA cable a plug and socket for a coaxial cable; found on old audio/video devices