Re: Reverb and Cancellation

Subject: Re: Reverb and Cancellation
From: Richard Zvonar (
Date: Mon Aug 09 2004 - 18:26:57 EDT

At 12:14 PM -0700 8/9/04, Jay Smalridge wrote:
>Okay, I understand. The point is that it is not the phase that is
>being cancelled, it is the amplitude that is being cancelled caused
>by the phase difference.

It's a similar construction to the term "predelay" used in
reverberation algorithms. Predelay is not something that happens
before the delay, it is the delay that happens before the

Two things seem to be at work: 1) modifiers in English always precede
the words they modify, and 2) English phrases tend to get abbreviated
through elision and even the complete dropping of words. Such
abbreviation is quite common in the evolution of technical jargon and
it can sometimes cause confusion for "newbies" who weren't there to
observe the development of the term.

What are the uninitiated to make of "backhoe" or "prefrontal lobotomy"?


______________________________________________________________ Richard Zvonar, PhD (818) 788-2202

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