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Sidechain compression is when a signal, other than the main input, is used to control the amount of compression. A classic example of this is a kick drum being used to duck the level of a bass line. The compressor is inserted on the bass track but the kick drum is used to trigger off the...
Signal to noise ratio, sometimes expressed as SNR or S/N, refers to the ratio of the nominal signal level to the undesired noise level. This stretches from just above your noise floor, right up to your nominal signal level. How large your signal to noise ratio...
Software repositories, sometimes called repos, are locations from which software applications are downloaded from and installed onto your computer. A Linux install has default repositories but additional repositories can be added so that more/newer versions of software can be installed onto your...
Stems is parts of a song exported/bounced separately. So, a regular pop song in stems could for example contain one stem for guitars, one stem for the vocals, one for the drums, and so on. Stems are commonly used when mixing songs that are already arranged and ready, and just need the actual...
A common setting on compressors. This setting sets the threshold for what level the audio signal will kick in, eg if it's set to -15dBFS, this means that the threshold settings will affect any audio that breaches this threshold. On a gate, the threshold setting refers to the point below which...
A wet/dry setting is used to balance the processed (wet) signal with the unprocessed (dry) signal. This is a common setting on reverb plugins to control how much of the affected signal you want mixed in with the original.

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