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Signal or amplifier overload, a form of distortion.

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LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator)

A component within an electronic keyboard that sweeps back and forth in a particular waveform shape at a very slow rate of speed. A LFO is used to create continuous (periodic) change to the volume, pitch, or timbre of a sound.

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Musical Instrument Digital Interface, an industry-standard interface used on electronic musical keyboards and PCs for computer control of musical instruments and devices.

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RSS stands for “Really Simple Syndication”. It’s an XML format that’s used for sharing headlines and other content. You need a third party application to view RSS news feeds, like NetNewsWire (Mac OSX) or Vox Lite (Win XP).  There are also convenient web-based systems like Bloglines and Feedster which track and store all of your information on a centralized website.

The Songwriter101 RSS newsfeed can be obtained by copying/pasting this address into a newsfeed application:

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Also called a digital sampler, this is a type of synthesizer with actual recorded sounds that are stored in computer memory.

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Universal Serial Bus. A standard bus type for all kinds of devices, including mice, scanners, digital cameras, printers, and others. Commonly used in low-cost audio interfaces, supplanting the need for both power and midi cables on many controllers.  Protocol supports 12 Mbps transfer rate. Hot swappable - devices can be connected and disconnected while computer is on.

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Velocity is how MIDI represents how hard a note is pressed on a controller.

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