MUS 319

Study Guide:  Test One

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Regarding the five phases of technological development described in the Introduction to our text, be able to provide a brief description of the characteristics of technology during each of the five periods.

Terms to be defined:

Many terms are addressed in the text--check the Index.  If not, you should find definitions on the MIDI Terms page. 

Amplitude
Analog
Analog-to-Digital Converter (ADC)
DAT recorder
Decibel (dB)
Default
Digital
Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC)
Direct Box
Effects--chorus, etc.
Envelope (ADSR) (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release)
Frequency
Hertz (Hz)
Impedance
Overdub vs. Overwrite
Pan
Parameter
Phantom Power
Quantization
Sampler/Sample
Sequencer
Step Recording
Synthesizer
Touch Sensitivity

Be able to provide decibel levels (in numbers) for commonly-measured sonic events, e.g., threshold of hearing, normal conversation, threshold of pain (p. 166).

Be able to match various plug types (photos) with the correct name for each:  DIN/MIDI plug, 1/8" mini phone plug (stereo & mono), 1/4" phone plug (stereo & mono), RCA plug, cannon plug (XLR) (See Plug Types.)

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