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anti-aliasing filter : Before a signal is subjected to the process of A/D conversion, it must be passed through a lowpass brick-wall filter to remove any components that are higher than the Nyquist frequency. This is because it requires at least two samples per cycle to determine the existence and strength of a frequency component or the A/D process will create aliased signals. See reconstruction filter, decimation, FIR, IIR.

aliasing : Distortion that is produced when higher harmonic components of the input audio signal sampled by a digital recording device, or generated within a digital sound source, lie above the Nyquist frequency. This happens when the sampling rate is less than twice the frequency of the signal being sampled. The effects of aliasing differ from some other types of distortion in that its pitch changes radically when the pitch of the intended sound changes. Also called foldover. See anti-aliasing filter.

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