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Attack Time

The amount of time it takes for a processor, such as a compressor or gate to begin operating on a signal. With a shorter or fast attack time, the processor will begin to operate more quickly, a longer or slow attack time will allow a certain amount of the signal to pass through before the processor begins to operate.

Attack time is also one parameter in a synthesizer-style ADSR (Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release envelope generator.

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