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Old 1 week ago
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All these words have to be placed into context with the person saying them. If the statement was made “the transients were coming through and it sounded fat” and then you applied that statement to say Big Buda, Sigma, Jim Williams, or Fletcher you’d immediately apply their personal style to what they mean. It’s when someone like me says it that everyone rolls their eyes and blows it off. The way we learn everyone’s “local color” for lack of a better term, is by reading their comments about gear we share or music we listen to and have in common. I never make gear purchases based on descriptive words that pin down a sound unless it’s no sound. As in sterile, or, it does it’s job and you don’t know it’s there. That equals transparent to me and makes it desirable. I will still check circuit design and possible upgrades before buying though. That’s the end all be all.

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Old 1 week ago
  #32
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Another one I hate is: just kissing it (the needle when compressing)
That one seems to be borrowed from pool/billiards. I don't mind it.
Old 1 week ago
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Gain staging is one that comes to mind because gain stage means something totally different to me from audio electrical engineering. It's not a verb.
Maybe that one came about because "gain stage" and "gain structure" are similar-sounding. Easy to mix them up. And between the two of them, "staging" is easier to say.
Old 1 week ago
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so Minty Fresh is out of the question !!! hahahah
Yeah... I was thinking sound on that more than condition...

I'm looking for that minty sound!

You know, that kind-of makes your mouth go 'Ah!'

Cool... refreshing... minty.

You know!
Old 1 week ago
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Maybe that one came about because "gain stage" and "gain structure" are similar-sounding. Easy to mix them up. And between the two of them, "staging" is easier to say.
Well, you're optimizing gain for every stage you have access to. I suppose, since I knew what a gain stage was and was already accustomed to setting up gain structure of device chains before I heard the jargonized term, I didn't have to stop and think about its use the first time I heard it. It seemed reasonably 'intuitive' (now there's a usage that does bug me but it's in the dictionaries, so I've given up writing 'intuitable' instead), so I suppose it never really irritated me.
Old 1 week ago
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I think it especially bugs me when guitarists have, say, 3 overdrive pedals and they refer to each one as a "gain stage."
Being pedantic I would suggest that daily-chaining three overdrive pedals is giving you three stages of gain - although it's not gain staging.

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Old 1 week ago
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Being pedantic I would suggest that daily-chaining three overdrive pedals is giving you three stages of gain - although it's not gain staging.
Neither one of those things is actually accurate though.
Old 1 week ago
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read through the previous posts and was surprised I did not see "Warm" and "Warmth"

I detest that word when describing audio. No rational reason why.
Old 1 week ago
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In mastering I hear people say "can you make it more analog sounding?" "can you make it warmer?" "can you put a chest thump in the bass?" " can you thin out the bass" "the top sounds shrill can you make it sound less digital?" "can you add more punch to the bass?" "can you bring out the middle?" "can you fatten up the bass" "can you make me sound like <insert name of famous musician>?" > I guess being a professional today means you have to be a translator as well. Oh well back to the salt minds....<GRIN>
Old 1 week ago
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This may not be audio related per se but my very most hated little modern BS catch phrase is "Value added!" As soon as I hear that come out of someones mouth I realize this person doesn't actually know what they are doing or talking about but they know how to bamboozle folks who know even less. Very common in business today.
Old 1 week ago
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I hate it when people say. I love this Mix. it's really Tax Exempt

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Old 1 week ago
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This may not be audio related per se but my very most hated little modern BS catch phrase is "Value added!" As soon as I hear that come out of someones mouth I realize this person doesn't actually know what they are doing or talking about but they know how to bamboozle folks who know even less. Very common in business today.
I think "value added" is something to aspire to. Having my clients get more for their money with me than they do with my competitors.

Case in point: a little while back I had a client email me, desperately needing the talent agent information for two VO artists from a casting session for a Cricket Wireless commercial.

Here's my verbatim response:

"Hi Tara. I don't know who their agents are, because someone else did that casting session. If I had done it, their agents' names would be included in the audio slate."
Old 1 week ago
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When someone refers to studio monitors as "very musical" what are they implying over other similar priced monitors? I have never understood what "very musical" means.

This quote was from an advertisement quoting one of the top ME's before he retired.
Old 1 week ago
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a few that instantly come to mind:

fire

rad

drop

3D

phat

AI

dope

sick

lo-fi

spotify

analog
Old 1 week ago
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This may not be audio related per se but my very most hated little modern BS catch phrase is "Value added!" As soon as I hear that come out of someones mouth I realize this person doesn't actually know what they are doing or talking about but they know how to bamboozle folks who know even less. Very common in business today.
"Fresh" is like this: not in the late-80's-early-90's sense, but just thrown out all over retail.

Most of this stuff in audio-land is from idiot poseur DJs: there's too many to list, but nice rack did a good job starting one.
Old 1 week ago
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"Fresh" is like this: not in the late-80's-early-90's sense, but just thrown out all over retail.

Most of this stuff in audio-land is from idiot poseur DJs: there's too many to list, but nice rack did a good job starting one.

I believe in the context you are referring, it is spelled "Phresh"
Old 1 week ago
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BIG! oh man that sounds so big
Old 1 week ago
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There is a fine line before positive adjectives describing music and recordings start to sound like an ad for viagra...
Old 1 week ago
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In mastering I hear people say "can you make it more analog sounding?" "can you make it warmer?" "can you put a chest thump in the bass?" " can you thin out the bass" "the top sounds shrill can you make it sound less digital?" "can you add more punch to the bass?" "can you bring out the middle?" "can you fatten up the bass" "can you make me sound like <insert name of famous musician>?" > I guess being a professional today means you have to be a translator as well. Oh well back to the salt minds....<GRIN>
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Old 1 week ago
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I also hate 'just kissing it.'
'Like butter' is another one, it just makes me think of something very sickly.
Old 6 days ago
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I guess none of you guys use any Kush gear then?

Hahaha!!
Old 6 days ago
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'yo dowg that sounds flat'

me: you mean the opposite of sharp?

'no dowg it sounds flat as in flat frequency response because it's at the centre of neutrality on the bell curve, good job dowg'

me: good, and thankyou.
Old 6 days ago
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'yo dowg that sounds flat'

me: you mean the opposite of sharp?

'no dowg it sounds flat as in flat frequency response because it's at the centre of neutrality on the bell curve, good job dowg'

me: good, and thankyou.
If you ever get tired of that client, send him over to me. I'm not sure I know how he thinks -- but I love the way he talks...

Old 4 days ago
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“VIBE...”
*Steven Slate voice*
Old 4 days ago
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This may not be audio related per se but my very most hated little modern BS catch phrase is "Value added!" As soon as I hear that come out of someones mouth I realize this person doesn't actually know what they are doing or talking about but they know how to bamboozle folks who know even less. Very common in business today.
I hate "corporatese" too. This term, though cringey, does make some sense in the contest where it's used. It is meant to be in opposition to "non-value added," which is work that you need to do that the client doesn't percieve as helpful to them and is just a nuisance from their perspective (like whatever time it takes you to set up your equipment, say). "Value added" work would be stuff the client percieves as helping them achieve their goal, such as doing the actual recording/mixing/whatever it is you're doing with them.
Old 2 days ago
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I hate "corporatese" too. This term, though cringey, does make some sense in the contest where it's used. It is meant to be in opposition to "non-value added," which is work that you need to do that the client doesn't percieve as helpful to them and is just a nuisance from their perspective (like whatever time it takes you to set up your equipment, say). "Value added" work would be stuff the client percieves as helping them achieve their goal, such as doing the actual recording/mixing/whatever it is you're doing with them.
Cringy, yeah pretty much. In my experience it's used more as fluff lingo just thrown out there to 'sound corporate'.
Old 2 days ago
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Cringy, yeah pretty much. In my experience it's used more as fluff lingo just thrown out there to 'sound corporate'.
Yeah, I could put together a long list of corporate euphemisms and the things they are meant to sugar coat.

"bandwidth" has been a particular pet peeve of mine, recently.

As in, "we don't have the bandwidth to handle that right now" which means "we are going to deliver late because we didn't hire enough people and thought we could get away with it."
Old 2 days ago
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Yeah, I could put together a long list of corporate euphemisms and the things they are meant to sugar coat.

"bandwidth" has been a particular pet peeve of mine, recently.

As in, "we don't have the bandwidth to handle that right now" which means "we are going to deliver late because we are didn't hire enough people and thought we could get away with it."
Sounds like someone didn't have enough mental bandwidth to think of a more appropriate word.

Even without leaving the comfortable realm of corpospeak, for instance, he could have readily said "we don't have the resources to handle that" and it would have communicated what he wanted to say without smearing the meaning of a much-used-because-it's-much-needed technical term.
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