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  Term Name Description

Subtractive Synthesis

A form of synthesis that is popular with analog synthesizers. It takes a complex waveform rich in harmonics (such as the sawtooth) and strips away parts, resulting in a simpler wave.

Effect Box

A type of unit that alters the signal in a wide variety of manners.


The shape of any periodically oscillating wave.

Software Synthesizers

Computer programs that produce sound. They are usually less expensive than their hardware counterparts, though, due to the limitation of computing power, they are seldom realtime.

Signal/Noise Ratio

A measure of how much undesirable noise a signal has in it.