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BAND PASS FILTER a filter that allows only a selected band of frequencies to pass through while rejecting all other frequencies above and below the cutoff point. Usually a bandpass filter will allow the user to set the width of the passband.

BAUD RATE  The speed at which digital information is passed through a serial interface expressed in bits-per-second. MIDI data is transmitted at 31.25 KBaud or 31,250 bits per second.

BIAS This term is used to describe a recorders ability to reproduce a tonal range of signal frequencies accurately...BIAS can be set/adjusted on a tape machine, by playing/recording a test tape of test sine wave tones of Low, Mid & High frequencies.... then adjusting the record/playback amps on the machine to reproduce the audio range accurately....
Imagine it is like setting the bass midrange & treble of each audio track, so that it does not boost or cut frequencies but reproduces them correctly.

BINARY Of or based on the number two or the binary numeration system (base 2). Digital computers use this form of numbering because the values of 0 and 1 can easily be represented by an open or closed switch.

BIT A Bit is a single piece of information assigned a value of 0 or 1 as used in a digital computer. Computers use digital words, which are combinations of bits. A Byte is a digital word consisting of eight Bits.... A 16 bit word can represent 65,536 different numbers.

BOOT starting up a computer by loading a program that allows it to run other programs. The term comes from bootstrapping, which means that the computer "pulls itself up by its own bootstraps."

BOUNCE when recording or sequencing, to bounce tracks means to combine (mix) several tracks together and record them on another track.... So you can, for example, take 3 tracks of backing vocals, and Bounce them down onto a fresh track thus creating a single track with the 3 vocals combined, This then free's up the 3 backing vocal tracks to be recorded on for more takes

BUFFER an area of computer memory that is used to temporarily store data.

BUG An error in a computer program that causes it to work incorrectly...The word "Bug", comes from the old days, when computers were enormous room sized installations utilising valves...The glow & heat given off by the valves would regularly attract "Bugs" or insects such as moths & other flying beetles, which would fly into the valves causing them to short out or overheat and burn out...Thus, these huge computers had to be literally DE-BUGGED...In other words, technicians had to go around regularly, removing dead insects & repairing the damage......The term "De-bugging" still survives to this day !

BYTE a computer word made up of eight bits of data.