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Monitor

This term has several meanings as applied to audio and video technology.

As a verb, to “monitor’ means to listen to a sound source such as a recorded track or a mix.

In a recording environment, monitors are the loudspeakers used to play back the live signals and recorded tracks of a project. Monitor also refers to a special mix (monitor mix) that is provided to the talent, usually through headphones, to give them a reference to the music they are performing. This is sometimes called a cue mix.

In sound reinforcement, monitors refer to the system of loudspeakers and/or in-ear systems that transmit an often-custom mix of the audio program back to the performers.

In computer usage, a monitor is the CRT or flat-panel LCD display screen that provides visual images of your programs and activities.

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