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Mastering is a separate art from recording or mixing. According to the Wikipedia article, the principle processes of mastering are: Editing minor flaws. Applying noise reduction to eliminate clicks, dropouts, hum and hiss. Adjusting stereo width. Adding ambience. Equalize audio across tracks for the purpose of optimized frequency distribution. Adjust volume....


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EP refers to Extended play. It is something between a single and a full CD (or LP); a little too short to be a full CD and a little too long to be a single.It usually has 3-5 tracks . LP refers Long Play; it is a vinyl record. Per Wikipedia: The LP (Long Play), or 33 1⁄3 rpm microgroove vinyl record, is a format for phonograph (gramophone) records, an ...


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I fully agree with Austin, so won't cover the same ground. However, there has been a recent development in 'remastering', which is not to literally remaster the best surviving copy of the original mix [of which there will likely be several, compressed &/or EQ'd for different original purposes - for cutting to vinyl, cassette, etc]. Instead, record ...


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From experience, here is what I think of a jazz standard: A jazz standard is usually a famous jazz song. The reason it is called standard, is because it has been recorded many many times, by numerous different artists (and usually in many different kinds of jazz). So, if you want to learn how to play jazz, you can find a jazz standard (they go from really ...


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Country music is originally from the American South, it has origins in rural folk music, and originally centered around the lifestyle of farmers, miners and other blue-collar, rural Americans, usually from the South. Western music is originally from the American West and celebrates the rural lifestyle of the cowboy or the rancher. The two genres both ...


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It's a bit wishy-washy and the terms can be used interchangeably. However, I would say that in general: A cover usually refers to a reinterpretation. This might take the form of creating an acoustic version, a different arrangement, or even just taking the lyrics and coming up with an entirely new melody. A remake is an attempt at reproduction, playing ...


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The word "soundtrack" dates back to 1928, which is about the time that "talkie" movies were picking up momentum. Talkies were either presented with a sound-on-disc system or a sound-on-film system. With sound-on-film, the sound literally comes from a track on the film itself that contains the sound information, which was how the sound was able to be ...


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If you are looking for a technical term it is "pregap". The article states: Not all CD drives can properly extract such hidden tracks. Some drives will report errors when reading these tracks, and some will seem to extract them properly, but the extracted file will contain only silence. There is also a list of albums with tracks hidden in the pregap in ...


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It's called a Pastiche A pastiche is a style of music [or art] that imitates the style or character of a piece. Unlike a parody, it celebrates rather than mocks the original. Adverts and 'high number' cable channels keep hordes of composers in business by employing their skills at this 'style copying' rather than paying for the original music. After ...


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Yes, a song traditionally involves singing. You are technically correct. But your comment is telling: I find it difficult to enforce the meaning of a track You can't enforce the meaning of terms. Language is constantly evolving and if everyone around you is using "song" to refer to music tracks of any kind, then trying to force it on them is going to ...


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It's called a segue, from the Italian segue - "follows", generally meaning a smooth transition. Wikipedia also mentions that some album notations distinguish track listings through the use of symbols, such as a >, →, or / to indicate songs that flow seamlessly.


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IDK, if this answers your question. But here is what I think: Jazz standard Jazz standards are musical compositions which are an important part of the musical repertoire of jazz musicians, in that they are widely known, performed, and recorded by jazz musicians, and widely known by listeners. There is no definitive list of jazz standards, and the ...


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In the technical musical sense described in Wikipedia, soundtrack isn't a genre. It's better to think of iTunes genre as a one-word album description chosen from a menu of simple choices. It's usually debatable, and often straight up wrong. Most music players get their CD data from the Gracenote music database by default. Gracenote gets their data from ...


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Cover typically refers to a a new performance or recording of a previously recorded, commercially released song by someone other than the original artist or composer. The new performance or recording usually is very similar to the original (structure, progression, etc), the differences are normally in instrumentation. Some cover artists are very serious and ...


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The key words in the Wikipedia definition are "written", "recorded", and "synchronized". Live music to accompany a silent film is often improvised (rather than written), and it is (by definition!) never recorded or synchronized with the movie. Currently, when you watch a silent film, accompaniment music is usually included as part of the film media or ...


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Some explanations as provided by these forum posts: Virgin vinyl is non recycled higher quality vinyl. [...] Pure vinyl which isn't recycled or adulterated with filler. Quieter as a rule surface wise.


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Sound is created by vibrations. How fast those vibrations are is called "frequency." There is a range of vibrations that the human ear is sensitive to. The slower, bigger vibrations in this range are called "bass." The faster, smaller vibrations are called "treble." Everything else is called "midrange." Many sounds can be a mixture of both kinds of ...


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This is more of a philosophy of language question, with the answer being how much weight you place on "official"/"dictionary" definition and how much you place on meaning determined by popular usage (see an annoying example like how "literally" now does sometimes mean "figuratively".) But, yes, traditionally, a "song" does require vocals, usually a single ...


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Humans have a natural tendency to bob their heads to a beat. This occurs in many types of music, but "headbanging" is when this is taken to a much more intense level. The performer or listener throws his or her whole body into moving to a hard rock song, shaking their head violently forward and backward to the heavy beat, often making their long hair fly ...


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The lower limit of human hearing is roughly 20Hz. There are a few instruments that can play even lower notes than that, but you'll almost always hear something because you are hearing the overtones. The lowest note on a standard grand piano is A 27.5 Hz Some grand pianos have nine extra keys down to a low C 16.4 Hz (this is below the human hearing range, ...


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One thing these tracks all share is a heavy backbeat (percussion hits on 2 and 4 of a 4-beat cycle). That plus a bpm (beats per minute) of just under 60 should get you the sound you want.


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Wikipdia has a general page called Special Edition, which also contains a good definition of Deluxe Editions. In terms of musical albums, the term "deluxe edition" refers to a re-release of an album, generally a sufficient period after the initial release, featuring extra content related to the album. This often includes some or all of the following: ...


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