What the hell are "Massive Transients"?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by slopeshoulder, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. slopeshoulder

    slopeshoulder Senior Member

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    For 30 years I've watched every writer for GP magazine us the phrase "massive transients" when referring to anything Hiwatt. Never knew what thsi meant besides"clean sound."
    It's been 30 years. Can someone enlighten me?:confused:
     
  2. jackaroo

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    I figure they're saying the attack of the note is not compressed...very loud and dynamic amp.
     
  3. bigeasy

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    In electronics, transient means a signal is moving (moving in time, transient). So a massive transient, would be a large signal movement in a short amount of time. So in amps, they're probably talking about how it responds to large changes in volume and dynamics in your playing.
     
  4. fizbin

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    Transients are very short peaks in volume, usually much higher than the average signal level. This usually translates to picking attack on guitar or in a full mix you'll see kick and snare pop out as transients. Transients are tamed with compression and/or limiting.

    Any other use of the word "transients" when referring to music and sound is expressly prohibited.
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    this guy's face is experiencing a massive transient.
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  6. mad dog

    mad dog Silver Supporting Member

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    Very large people in bus stations???
     
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    This morning's BM.
     

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