Music Technology revision cards

Tempo
The speed of the music.
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Dynamics
The volume of the music e.g. loud, getting quieter etc
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Texture
The number of parts in the music e.g. thin, thick, two parts, getting thicker, etc
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Melody
The tune, the part you sing in a pop song
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Riff (or ostinato)
A short melody idea that repeats throughout a section or a whole song e.g. bass riff
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Input gain
Controls the strength of the signal going into the mixing desk
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Fader
Volume control, slides, on a mixing desk
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Pan
Controls where the sound comes form in the stereo image e.g. left, right or centre
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EQ
Equaliser, controls the amount of bass, mid or treble on a sound
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Stereo out
The main output from a mixing desk
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MIDI
Musical instrument Digital Interface
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USB
Universal Serial Bus, connects music keyboard to mac
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Stereo
System using two speakers to give the illusion of sounds coming from the left, centre and right of a stage
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Proximity effect
The closer a sound gets, the more bass there is in the sound
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Dynamic microphone
Mic that needs to be close to a sound source
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Capacitor microphone
Mic that can be almost any distance from a sound source and still pick it up
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Software instrument
A digital sound on a computer e.g. midi sound
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Audio track
A track on which 'live' sounds are recorded using mics
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MIDI track
A track for recording using a keyboard and software instruments
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Signal path
The route that a sound signal takes through a mixing desk
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Structure
The order in which the sections of a piece of music combine to make a piece
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Score editor
A window in which you can edit MIDI parts using staff notation
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DAW
Digital Audio Workstation
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.mp3
Popular file format for music
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.wav
File format for sounds recored on a CD
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Compression
Recorded audio is 'squashed' to balance out the quiets and louds
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Loop (or sample)
A pre-recorded audio sound (usually quite short)
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Reverb
Effect that makes a sound appear to be in a 'bigger room'
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Distortion
Effect that breaks up a sound to give a fuzz effect
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Other cards in this set

Card 2

Front

Dynamics

Back

The volume of the music e.g. loud, getting quieter etc

Card 3

Front

Texture

Back

Preview of the front of card 3

Card 4

Front

Melody

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

Front

Riff (or ostinato)

Back

Preview of the front of card 5
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