Audio Editing MCQs

Audio Editing MCQs

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1: The psychoacoustic phenonmenon that occurs when, for example, a loud cymbal crash and a softer fragment of human speech appear simultaneously in a mix, resulting in reduced intelligibility of the speech, is known as:

A.   Masking

B.   Compression

C.   Vibrato

D.   Distortion

2: Near-field speakers should be placed so that the tweeters are

A.   in the corners of a room.

B.   at ear level.

C.   in an equilateral triangle with the midpoint near the back wall of the room.

D.   about 1 foot above the ears.

3: Sounds exceeding which volume level can cause immediate hearing damage?

A.   80 DB

B.   120 DB

C.   100 DB

D.   140 DB

4: A client wants you to correct a song she recently recorded, saying the sound was too "boomy". If you were to EQ the song, in which of these frequency ranges would you concentrate to correct this?

A.   200 - 900 Hz

B.   7 - 12 kHz

C.   12 - 20 kHz

D.   20 - 200 Hz

E.   900 Hz - 7 kHz

5: A limiter can be defined as

A.   a compressor with a ratio that is 10:1 or lower

B.   a compressor with a ratio that is 10:1 or higher

C.   a compressor with a ratio that is 4:1 or higher

D.   the best tool to put on a mix bus to make a mix sound more professional

6: A Cardioid microphone pick up patterns are most sensitive to sound produced on

A.   None of the above

B.   the front side and back side of the microphone

C.   the front side of the microphone

D.   all directions

7: What is the frequency relationship between two notes on a keyboard that are an octave apart?

A.   Half/Double

B.   Third/Triple

C.   Fourth/Quadruple

8: Reversing polarity is used to treat what audio problem?

A.   Clipping

B.   Phase Misalignment

C.   Volume Discrepencies

D.   Tonal Imbalance

9: A type of microphone requiring phantom power is a:

A.   condenser microphone

B.   cardiod microphone

C.   dynamic microphone

D.   omnidirectional microphone

10: Localizing a sound in within the perceived left-right stereo field requires the technique known as:

A.   phase reversal.

B.   equalization.

C.   panning.

D.   digital delay.

11: The standard soundfile specification for CD quality audio is:

A.   16 bit, 48 kHz sampling rate.

B.   24-bit, 192 kHz sampling rate.

C.   24-bit, 96 kHz sampling rate.

D.   16-bit, 44.1 kHz sampling rate.

12: The standard sample rate specification for CD quality audio is:

A.   48 kHz

B.   44.1 kHz

C.   41.1 kHz

D.   44.4 kHz

13: Which of the following mp3 file compression rates yields the best audio fidelity:

A.   96 kbps

B.   24 kbps

C.   320 kbps

D.   160 kbps

14: During the CD mastering stage of production, you would normally:

A.   Do all of these

B.   Apply EQ, multi-band compression and limiting in order to ensure a good overall frequency balance and consistent volumes among songs

C.   Perform sample rate conversion from 96 kHz to 44.1 kHz

D.   Listen to your mixes on a variety of speaker systems in order to ensure that they sound good on each system

15: What does LFO stand for?

A.   Low Frequency Oscillator

B.   Last Frequency Order

C.   Long Frequency Oscilation

D.   Long File Order

E.   Lyte Funky Ones

16: What does the NORMALIZE command do to an audio track?

A.   Adjusts the track to correct polarity

B.   Bypasses any plugins on the track, thereby reverting it to its original state

C.   Raises the gain of the entire track to the point where the highest peak is just below clipping

D.   Analyzes the track for any errors and corrects them

17: to hear only the output of a single track in a multichannel mix, you would use

A.   solo

B.   prefade

C.   mute

D.   postfade

E.   monitor

18: Which type of microphone requires phantom power?

A.   Cardioid

B.   Ribbon

C.   Tube driven

D.   Condenser

E.   Dynamic

19: The best way to join two soundfiles together so that there is a smooth transition without silence between the sounds is to use:

A.   An overlapping crossfade

B.   A paradox

C.   A butt splice

D.   A loop

20: What is the name given to the process of repairing damaged or degraded audio?

A.   Audio Revival

B.   Audio Salvage

C.   Audio Restoration

D.   Audio Repair

21: The 'tweeter' on an audio monitor produces which part of the frequency spectrum?

A.   High

B.   Low

C.   Sub

D.   Mid

22: What is the type of distortion that occurs when a digital signal is recorded too loudly?

A.   Tube saturation

B.   AC hum

C.   Quantization noise

D.   Digital clipping

23: How many volts is Phantom Power?

A.   48

B.   56

C.   60

D.   120

E.   42

24: DAW stands for

A.   Distortion Amp Workstation

B.   Digital Audio Workstation

C.   Digital Amplitude Waveform

D.   Digital Audio Waveform

25: To remove a single unwanted frequency from a digital audio signal, you would use:

A.   A mega.X.horn filter

B.   A high pass filter

C.   A low pass filter

D.   A notch filter

26: Which project Bit Depth uses the most system memory?

A.   24

B.   16

C.   8

D.   32 bit (float)

27: Which two instruments should you keep in mono in order to add more punch and focus to a Rock/Pop mix?

A.   Hats and High Strings

B.   Bass and Kick Drums

C.   Pads and Guitars

D.   808 Kick and High Hats

E.   Horns and Guitars

28: What bit depth of digital audio file is better for Audio processing ?

A.   24 bit

B.   4 bit

C.   8 bit

D.   16 bit

29: The signal processing plug-in used to reduce excess vocal siblance is called a:

A.   De-limiter

B.   De-esser

C.   De-noiser

D.   Vocoder

30: A 1:1 ratio setting on a compressor would yield

A.   a 1 DB increase in gain

B.   no change to the input

C.   a 1 DB decrease in gain

D.   a 2 DB increase in gain

E.   a 2 DB decrease in gain

31: Imagine that you are a voiceover actor/actress. What is the best way to achieve professional sound quality for your vocal performance?

A.   Record into analog outboard gear before feeding the audio into your DAW.

B.   Use the most expensive condenser microphone that you can afford.

C.   Make sure that you record at the highest bit rate possible.

D.   Arrange microphones and set other equipment levels correctly so that the sound at the beginning of the recording chain is optimum.

E.   Use a LPF, a HPF, and other filters to cut out unwanted frequencies.

32: What is the purpose of a compressor?

A.   Shortening an audio file

B.   Lowering volume

C.   Reduction of dynamic range

D.   Narrowing frequency range

33: What is the average range of human hearing?

A.   20HZ - 12KHz

B.   1.5KHZ - 10KHz

C.   20Hz - 20KHz

D.   500Hz - 20KHz

34: To avoid digital clipping on a multitrack mix you would:

A.   Do all of these

B.   Ensure that any applied gain boost or signal processing effects do not cause any soundfile's maximum amplitude to exceed 0dB

C.   Apply a brickwall limiter with maxium gain of approximately -1 dB to the final output mix buss

D.   Ensure that each track is recorded with a peak level that does not exceed 0 dB

35: After recording a number of digital audio soundfiles, the process used to ensure that the peak amplitude of each soundfile is maximized is called a:

A.   Convolution

B.   Compression

C.   Limiting

D.   Normalization

36: In order to create the illusion that a passage of ADR dialogue recorded dry in a studio was actually recorded on location, you would mix in a small amount of:

A.   White noise

B.   Studio-generated AC hum

C.   Location-recorded room tone

37: A spectrum analyzer displays ..... ?

A.   Frequency Distribution

B.   Volume

C.   Dynamic Range

D.   Loudness

38: When using a compressor, the ratio setting (such as 4:1 or 2:1) will control

A.   the amount of gain reduction applied when the input exceeds the threshold. The higher the ratio, the less compression is applied.

B.   the amount of makeup gain applied to the compressed signal.

C.   the amount of gain reduction applied when the input exceeds the threshold. The higher the ratio, the more compression is applied.

D.   the mix between the dry and wet signal

39: Who created VST?

A.   Panasonic

B.   Steinberg

C.   Sony

D.   Apple

40: Which of the following combinations of digital recording bit resolution and sampling rate will yield the best audio quality?

A.   8 bit and 192 khZ

B.   24 bit and 44.1 kHz

C.   24 bit and 96 kHz

D.   16 bit and 44.1 kHz

41: In order to eliminate or minimize clicks between soundfile edits, you should try to place your edits on:

A.   A zero crossing point of the sound waves

B.   The peak amplitude level of the sound waves

C.   Waves whose phase directions are identical

42: In the majority of music recording situations, what is the most critical step in the recording chain.

A.   Microphone placement

B.   Understanding and utilizing the EQ to fix recording problems

C.   Correct application of audio compression

D.   The master output

E.   Mastering

43: What is the name of the control feature that can manipulate multiple effect parameters simultaneously?





44: Which of the following is a widely used DAW by engineers today?

A.   Pro Tools

B.   Ableton Live

C.   Logic Pro

D.   (all of these)

45: Comping is

A.   upsampling audio to a higher bitrate

B.   editing multiple takes of a performance into a single take.

C.   reducing a multi-track mix into a stereo audio file.

D.   the process of removing noise from a track.

46: When recording, in order to minimize distortion caused by digital clipping, and to maintain consistent signal gain, it is best to use:

A.   a compressor plug-in on the voice over track during the mixdown process.

B.   an outboard compressor between the microphone signal and your audio interface.

C.   an outboard equalizer between the microphone signal and your audio interface in order to boost the level of high frequencies.

D.   a digital reverb plug-in during mixdown to reduce high frequency plosives.

47: When using a parametric equalizer, the Q setting determines

A.   the center frequency of the band

B.   the width of the frequency band

C.   the amount of gain applied to the band

D.   the sound quality of the band

48: Parallel Compression is achieved by:

A.   mixing an unprocessed 'dry', or lightly compressed signal with a heavily compressed version of the same signal.

B.   mixing two heavily compressed versions of the same signal.

C.   mixing two different signals with two different models of compressors

49: Which of the following is a lossless audio format?


B.   MP3Pro

C.   AAC

D.   WMA

50: What is the correct voltage on Phantom Power?

A.   ±48V

B.   18V

C.   9V

D.   48 V

E.   -48V