Terms + Definitions

There are quite a few terms and definitions that are very useful to get a grasp of to really understand the film sound world.

Is Dolby Digital The Same As Surround Sound?

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Why Can You Call An XLR Connector A Cannon Connector?

The XLR connector was invented by James H. Cannon, founder of Cannon Electric in Los Angeles, California (now part of ITT Corporation), and

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What Is The Shepard's Tone Illusion?

A Shepard’s Tone, named after Roger Shepard, is a sound consisting of a superposition of sine waves separated by octaves. When played with t

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What is NTSC / PAL / SECAM?

NTSC / PAL / SECAM Due to the frequency difference of the AC currents of different regions we end up with these two different video recordin

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What is SMPTE timecode?

What Does SMPTE Stand For? Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. This is the body that developed this standard. You will find

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Understand Polar Patterns

Click to download this worksheet on Polar Patterns Whether its cardioid, hyper cardioid, super cardioid, shotgun or long shotgun, polar patt

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What do microphone specs mean?

I have made you a worksheet on what different mic specs mean in general terms. Download Your Mic Spec Worksheet Here

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AAF File - What is an AAF File - How to use an AAF File...

AAF File Explained* *this is regarding audio versions of AAF Files as you can use AAF files for images and much more. AAF file stands for a

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List of Roles in a Sound Department

List of Roles in a Sound Department Here is a breakdown of all the roles you are likely to see on the credits of major feature length hollyw

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What is Gain?

What is Gain? Microphones measure sound waves through tiny differences in voltage between its diaphragm and back plate (See How Condenser Mi

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Whats the difference between Word Clock and Timecode?

Word Clock and Timecode You have probably noticed on your recorder that you have Word Clock and Timecode. Are they the same? No. A Word Cloc

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What is the difference between mic level vs line level?

Mic level vs line level Keeping this short and sweet to eliminate confusion. Mic Level = Small voltages from microphones Usually around -60d

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