July 27, 2020

What is Amplitude?

It's basically how loud your sound is, but that's not all there is to it.

Not many people can describe their sound beyond just “good” or “bad”. Let’s dig into some audio terms, and how you can start to use them to think like a Pro when using FxSound and get even better results.

We’ll start with Amplitude, or how loud your sound is. There’s two parts to amplitude: the signal’s level (gain), and your output’s level (volume). Think of it like a hose with an adjustable nozzle on the end. The original signal is like the spigot attached to your house, and its gain is how much water you let out. But no water will come out of the nozzle on the end of the hose until you start to open it as well, turning up your device’s volume to hear the signal.

Just replace this baby plant with your earballs.

If the spigot is barely turned (low signal level), it doesn’t matter how much you open up the nozzle, barely any water will trickle out. And if you turn the spigot open all the way, and there’s too much water for the nozzle to let through, this would overload the nozzle (distorting and overdriving your audio outputs).

Of course, since we’re in the digital world, we have tools like FxSound that can act like a magical hose between the spigot and nozzle, manifesting more or less water in and out of existence, making the flow smooth instead of turbulent, and letting you do it all at the press of a button. Take your newfound Amplitude knowledge out into the world, and treat yourself to even better FxSound-sweetened audio!

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