Transient (acoustics)

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In acoustics and audio, a transient is a high amplitude, short-duration sound at the beginning of a waveform that occurs in phenomena such as musical sounds, noises or speech.[1][2] Transients do not necessarily directly depend on the frequency of the tone they initiate. It contains a high degree of non-periodic components and a higher magnitude of high frequencies than the harmonic content of that sound.[3]

Transients are more difficult to encode with many audio compression algorithms, causing pre-echo.[4]

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  1. ^ Crocker, Malcolm J., ed. (1998). Handbook of acoustics. A Wiley-Interscience publication (Nachdr. ed.). New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-471-25293-1.
  2. ^ Gibson, William A. (2007). The Ultimate Live Sound Operator's Handbook. NY: Hal Leonard Books. p. 49. ISBN 978-1-4234-1971-6.
  3. ^ "Transient Detection and Editing".
  4. ^ Painter, Ted; Spanias, Andreas (April 2000). "Perceptual Coding of Digital Audio". IEEE. 88 (4): 471–474. doi:10.1109/5.842996. S2CID 1390521.