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Glossary

Ambisonic

AMPS

ASCII

Bi-directional mic

BWF

Cardioid

CF

DIN

DSP

ENG

EFP

Figure of eight

IEM

IFB

I/P

IPS

Genlock

Hypercardioid

Lavalier (lapel) mic

Lobar

LPDA

LTC

Mic(s)

MS

Ofcom

Omni-directional

O/P

Phantom power (P)

Pre-amp

PMSE

PSU

PTT

PZM

RF

RX

SMPTE

Supercardioid

TC

TCXO

TS

TRS

True diversity

TX

WAV

XLR

XY (or AB)

 

3D extension of MS stereo or full-sphere surround sound technique

Association of Motion Picture Sound

American Standard Code for Information Interchange, character encoding representing text in computers

Mic capsule where the pick-up is from sound of equal sensitivity on opposite sides of the diaphragm

Broadcast Wave Format, a file format that contains the minimum information necessary for broadcast uses

Captures sound from forward facing microphones, but with some spill from sides. aka uni-directional

CompactFlash™

Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Institute for Standardization). Smaller connector than XLR

Digital Signal Processing

Electronic News Gathering

Electronic Field Production

Another term for Bi-directional

In Ear Monitoring

In ear fold-back

Abbreviation of input

Institute of Professional Sound

A technique where one camera has its video output signal synchronized to other picture recording devices

Superior directional pick up pattern to cardioid and supercardioid

Small microphone placed on (or hidden in) clothing

Highest possible directivity of microphone sound capture

Log-Periodic Dipole Array. The Audio Wireless Active (powered) array is 'frequency range digitally tunable'

Linear timecode. It is an encoding and generator of SMPTE timecode data in an audio signal

Abbreviation of microphone(s)

Middle and Side. Stereo technique that allows the alteration of 'image' width

Government regulator and competition authority for the broadcasting and telecommunication industries

Simply put, captures sound from all directions

Abbreviation of output

Provides low voltage powering, usually 12v or 48v

Increases low signal with reduced signal to noise level. Also known as ‘mic to line’ amplifier

Programme Makers and Special Events

Power Supply Unit

Push To Talk

Pressure Zone Microphone. Also known as ‘plate’ mic

Radio Frequency. Part of the non-visible electromagnetic spectrum

Receiver, of wireless signals from a transmitter

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers

Highly directional pick-up pattern

Timecode

Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator

Tip and Sleeve

Tip, Ring and Sleeve

Where two receivers are in one housing with a high speed switching unit maintaining seamless audio

Transmitter, of wireless signals to a receiver or multiple receivers

Waveform Audio File Format, a file format for storing raw and uncompressed audio bitstream on PCs.

Industry standard pin & socket connector series . On this web site XLRm is 3 pin male & XLRf is 3 pin female

Standard left/right fixed width stereo or two channel audio

 

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