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Term: Multichannel (audio)

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Term: Multichannel (audio)


A multichannel recording is a mixed and edited presentation in which various channels of sound have been assigned locations in a sound field ("left front loudspeaker, right rear loudspeaker").

In this glossary, multichannel is distinguished from multitrack, which is defined as the "raw" (unmixed, unedited) output from a recording session. Some audio professionals use these terms in different ways in different contexts.

Wikipedia article on surround sound
See also:
Channel (audio); Multitrack (audio)