Nevada Music Glossary
Short term for Amplifier; referring to a means of increasing sound level.
This happens when sound from a speaker is picked up by a microphone or transducer and is fed back to the amplifier and increases in volume, thus producing that familiar howl. Avoid at all costs!
Can be a bass guitar or when referring to low frequencies of the audio spectrum
Abbreviation for cabinet and is basically a speaker in a box
The heart shaped pickup pattern of a microphone
The time between something happening, effective in guitar effect pedals
Repeated sounds with a time delay between them
A mix of delay and echo effects - best heard in stereo
The name given to any electric, bass or acoustic instrument
The dynamic range of an amplifier and also a reference to the input against maximum output level
The load into which an amplifier will deliver its optimum power. Expressed in Ohms, a typical amplifier will work into an impedance of 4 or 8 ohms
The standard connector for plugging instruments to an amplifier. The standard jack plug is ¼"
A frequency of 1000 cycles per second
Converts electrical energy into audible sound
Musical Instrument Digital Interface is the standard used by the industry to control a whole host of equipment
Not the type made by musicians, but unwanted sounds like hisses, pops, hum and buzz
The measurement of electrical resistance and impedance
Short for plectrum, the small shaped device used for playing a stringed instrument
This is the process of converting or digitising an analogue waveform into a form which can be processed by a computer
An abbreviation for reverberation, this is a complex mix of multiple sounds which combine with the original sound to give the effect of sound in a large room or venue
Speakers which can reproduce a recording exactly as it was made. They have a flat response across the audio spectrum.
Another word for a valve, amplifiers with valves will produce a better sound at high volume without distorting like solid state amplifiers.
There are many bargains to be had out there, but we suggest never buy without seeing or hearing it working first!
Valves have been around for a long time now, but the music industry still loves them for the sound they produce. It's worth remembering that valves will need replacing as they have a limited life.
The output power of an amplifier rating and the 'loudness' of it
Y Cable or Adaptor
Used for splitting a signal into two parts
Z is a reference to impedance and can be 'Hi Z' which is a resistance of 47,000 ohms or 'Low Z' which can be as little as 4 ohms