creates "warm", "dirty" and "fuzzy" sounds by compressing the
peaks of a musical instrument's sound wave and adding
A talk box is an effects unit that allows a musician to modify the
sound of a musical instrument. The musician controls the
modification by lip syncing, or by changing the shape of their
Bon Jovi- Living
On A Prayer
Delay + Multitap Delay
Delay is an audio effect which records an input signal to an audio
storage medium, and then plays it back after a period of time.
Multitap delayed signal may either be played back multiple times, or
played back into the recording again, to create the sound of a
repeating, decaying echo.
Beyoncé – Me
Myself and I
Auto-Tune is a proprietary audio processor created by Antares
Audio Technologies. Auto-Tune uses a phase vocoder to correct
pitch in vocal and instrumental performances. It is used to disguise
off-key inaccuracies and mistakes, and has allowed singers to
perform apparently perfectly tuned vocal tracks without needing
to sing in tune.
Daft Punk – One
Billy Joel- Just The
Way You Are
A phaser is an audio signal processing technique used to filter a
signal by creating a series of peaks and troughs in the frequency
spectrum. The position of the peaks and troughs is typically
modulated so that they vary over time, creating a sweeping
effect. For this purpose, phasers usually include a low-frequency
An imitative sound, as of thunder or an explosion, produced
artificially for theatrical purposes, as for a film, play, or radio
program. Often used in the plural.
A smooth uninterrupted glide in passing from one tone to
another, especially with the voice or a bowed stringed instrument.
Vibrato is a musical effect consisting of a regular, pulsating change
of pitch. It is used to add expression to vocal and instrumental
music. Vibrato is typically characterized in terms of two factors: the
amount of pitch variation ("extent of vibrato") and the speed with
which the pitch is varied ("rate of vibrato").
Audio compression is a form of data compression designed to
reduce the transmission bandwidth requirement of digital audio
streams and the storage size of audio files. Audio compression
algorithms are implemented in computer software as audio codecs.
A compressor or limiter is an automatic volume control that
reduces the volume when the input gets too loud. Originally they
were used to prevent AM radio transmitters from distorting if the
announcer got too close to the microphone, and to keep volume
levels consistent. Then some creative folks discovered that a
compressor can sound cool as an effect on voices and musical
A Noise Gate or gate is an electronic device or software that is used
to control the volume of an audio signal. In its most simple form, a
noise gate allows a signal to pass through only when it is above a set
threshold: the gate is 'open'.
encompasses a range of techniques such as for enriching the sound
reproduction quality of an audio source with audio channels
reproduced via additional, discrete speakers.
Madonna - Sorry
Commonly called mono sound, mono, or non-stereo sound, this
early sound system used a single channel of audio for sound
output. In monophonic sound systems, the signal sent to the
sound system encodes one single stream of sound and it usually
uses just one speaker. Monophonic sound is the most basic
format of sound output.
The term Stereophonic, commonly called stereo, sound refers to
any method of sound reproduction in which an attempt is made
to create an illusion of directional and audible perspective. This is
usually achieved by using two or more independent audio
channels through a configuration of two or more loudspeakers in
such a way as to create the impression of sound heard from
various directions, as in natural hearing.