AskDefine | Define ducking

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1 hunting ducks [syn: duck hunting]
2 the act of wetting something by submerging it [syn: submersion, immersion, dousing]

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  1. present participle of duck


  1. The action of the verb to duck.
  2. An instance of ducking (a person in water, etc).
    They gave him a ducking in the river as a punishment.

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Extensive Definition

Ducking is an effect commonly used in radio and pop music, especially dance music. It is an effect where the level of one signal is reduced by the presence of another signal, through the use of side chain compression.
A typical application is to automatically lower the level of a musical background track when a voice-over starts, and to automatically bring the level up again when the voice-over stops (in Movies and on radio-broadcasts). It can also be used to achieve a "pumping" effect which can clearly be heard in "Call On Me" by Eric Prydz, and "Hung Up" by Madonna.
ducking in German: Ducking
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