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Studio Concepts 501 - Gear and the Physics of Sound.
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Dynamic range is the difference between the ________ and ________ in a system.
Loudest sounds; softest sounds reproduced
Highest; lowest pitches
Distortion level; average loudness
Average loudness; noise floor
Tube microphones require _____ to operate.
a Low Voltage adapter
an external power supply and proprietary cable
a high gain preamp
The ________ that comes from a sound source being near a cardioid mic is known as ________.
low frequency rolloff; proximity effect.
phase cancellation; comb filtering.
midrange dip; EQ.
low frequency buildup; proximity effect.
The higher the quality of _____, the less of a _____ at that frequency, which yields a better representation of the sound.
crossover point; boost
crossover point; dip
With cardioid microphones, the further the microphone sits from the sound source...
the tighter the captured area will be.
the more directly the sound source will be captured.
the less proximity effect will be introduced and the larger the captured area will be.
The more proximity effect will be introduced.
Headroom is the...
Peak level of program material minus the average level of program material.
Average level of program material.
Maximum level before distortion minus the average level of program material.
Maximum level before distortion.
A primary difference between analog and digital consoles is that in a digital console...
There are no faders.
There is much less flexibility in routing and inserts.
The signal is converted to digital right after the input and preamp stages.
The signal is converted to digital out from the stereo buss.
In addition to reducing pops in a vocal recording, placing a singer more than 8" from a directional mic...
allows them to move around a bit without noticeable change in proximity effect.
allows them to see the lyric sheet.
prevents breaths from being picked up in the recording.
yields a more direct sound in the recording.
________ can be applied to a delay to create multiple repetitions of the initial signal that fade over time.
A Lo/Hi Pass Filter
MIDI transfers _____, not _____.
velocity messages; note on messages
note information; audio
audio; note information
pitch bend; note off
The reverberation of a space is dependent on...
The shape of the room.
The room's reflective properties.
The size and shape of the space, and it's reflective properties.
The size of the room.
Monitoring low frequencies accurately is important because...
these subfrequencies help the vocal to sit nicely in the mix.
today's digital consoles rolloff the low end around 40 Hz.
everyone loves big bass.
they eat up headroom when mastering and may result in a muddy finished product.
Which of the following is not a serial bus standard?
You can find TS jacks used for _____ or _____.
instrument cables; unbalanced semi-pro gear
patch bays; professional monitors
professional monitors; instrument cables
unbalanced semi-pro gear; patch bays
On a mixer, most Aux sends are...
Mono and above the EQ section.
Mono and in the post EQ section.
Stereo and below the EQ section.
Stereo and above the EQ section.
In a room with poor acoustics, _____ polar pattern would help _____ room ambiance.
an omnidirectional; reject
a cardioid; reduce
a hypercardioid; capture
a figure-8; remove
When setting levels for a recording, ________ will yield a workable level while keeping the noise floor low.
Yelling or playing louder into the microphone
Setting the fader at (or around) unity and adjusting the gain pot
Raising the gain pot to 3 or 5 o'clock and adjusting the fader
Setting the fader at (or around) unity and adjusting the gain pot to 3 or 5 o'clock
Recording equipment is calibrated so that at average operating level, digital devices read at ________, while analog devices read at ________.
-12 to -15dB, 0dB
0dB, -12 to -15dB
-12 to -15dB, +3dB
Pro gear level runs at _____ while consumer gear runs at _____.
On a mixer, busses can be useful when you want to...
Adjust the level of a group of tracks, like a drumset, with a few faders.
Adjust the level of auxillary sends, like reverb or delay.
Adjust the stereo placement of a track.
Get extra level out of a poorly gainstaged track.
If short on inputs or microphones, a _____ mic approach to drum recording (on ________) yields well-rounded results.
three; kick, snare, floor tom
three; kick and overheads
Microphone Transient Response, in High-to-Low order:
Condenser, Tube, Dynamic, Ribbon.
Condenser, Ribbon, Tube, Dynamic.
Tube, Ribbon, Condenser, Dynamic.
Ribbon, Tube, Dynamic, Condenser.
If you heard an audio sample at one loudness level, and then heard the same sample at half the loudness level, the audio was probably played at...
10dB less than the first sample.
6dB less than the first sample.
3dB less than the first sample.
6dB more than the first sample.
To increase the intelligibility and realism of a reverb unit, adjustments can be made to _____, _____, and _____.
HP/LP Filter; Gate; Predelay
Predelay; Compression; Reverb Time
Reverb Time; Predelay; HP/LP Filter
Reverb Time; Predelay; Notch Filter
Copying a vocal track to a new track in your DAW at the same place in the timeline will result in...
The vocal "thickening" in the mix.
The vocal completely phase cancelling and becoming inaudible.
The vocal becoming louder.
The vocal partially phase cancelling and "thinning out".
Studio Concepts 501
Gear and the Physics of Sound
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