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A pre-recorded or simulated sound produced for a radio, television, film or theatrical program in order to suggest an actual sonic environment. The design of such sounds (often abbreviated as SFX), particularly when a complex acoustic environment is to be simulated, involves a thorough understanding of the structure of such a SOUNDSCAPE; that is, what sounds are representative and most significant, as well as which are necessary to create a given AMBIENCE and sense of ACOUSTIC SPACE.
The device, successor to the MAGNETIC WIRE recorder, which since the 1940s (when it was called the sound mirror) has been the most commonly used means of storing and reproducing an AUDIO signal.
The control of sound levels to ensure suitable placement between the lowest and highest distortion-free levels of an electroacoustical system.
The tonal QUALITY or TIMBRE of a sound. The term is usually used in a subjective, descriptive manner, often with such adjectives as 'full' or 'rich'.