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(1) Meter bridge. A structure mounted at the rear of a mixing desk, or on other equipment such as a tape recorder, which contains a number of VU or PPM meters. (2) Bridge mode: a method of driving a single load, such as a loudspeaker, from two similar (ideally identical) amplifiers in order to double the power presented to the load; a stereo amplifier operating at 200W per channel could provide approximately 400W into a single load in bridge mode. Many stereo amplifiers designed for sound reinforcement offer this option. See bridged mono. (3) See bridging. (4) Originally an eight-bar section of contrasting material in the middle of a song, but later applied to a linking section of any length. Also called a bridge passage or middle-eight. See also break.

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