Glossary of Audio Terms

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Terminology Description

The science of sound wave behavior in air.


Relating to the sounds that humans hear; the broadcasting or reception of sound.

Audio editing

The process of taking recorded sound and changing it directly in the recording medium.

Changes can include removing unwanted sound and enhancing the sound by adding or

changing elements.


A recording of the contents of a book read aloud and is also referred to as books on tape. It is
usually distributed on compact discs (CDs), cassette tapes, or digital formats (such as mp3).