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Warmer
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Bass
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|  Low frequencies
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|  Treble
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|  High frequencies
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|  Warm
 
|  More bass and low mids, less treble
 
|  More bass and low mids, less treble
 
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Colder
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Cold
 
|  Less bass and low mids, more treble
 
|  Less bass and low mids, more treble
 
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|  Aggressive
 
|  Aggressive
 
|  Resemblance with white noise, lots of (dis)harmonics
 
|  Resemblance with white noise, lots of (dis)harmonics
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|  Digital
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|  Unclear yet over-emphasized treble, such as the one caused by poor resampling or aliasing
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|  Fat / phat
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|  Pleasing, using a frequency area at least as wide as hoped for
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|  Thin
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|  Lacking frequencies that are expected
 
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Revision as of 20:11, 22 September 2009

People often need to describe sound to each other, but the words for such descriptions are not well defined, unscientific, and can vary from person to person. This is a rather futile attempt to list and describe them.

Sound word What it really means to a sound technician
Bass Low frequencies
Treble High frequencies
Warm More bass and low mids, less treble
Cold Less bass and low mids, more treble
Aggressive Resemblance with white noise, lots of (dis)harmonics
Digital Unclear yet over-emphasized treble, such as the one caused by poor resampling or aliasing
Fat / phat Pleasing, using a frequency area at least as wide as hoped for
Thin Lacking frequencies that are expected