Dry

The term ‘Dry’ is a descriptive term in audio. It usually refers to a sound that is completely isolated from any modifier, like that of an effect, including reverb, delay, echo, distortion, etc.

Most commonly, it is used to describe a sound that is free of room sound (reverb) and is referred to this in both digital and acoustic realms.

Example: One might say that a lavalier microphone gives a more dry sound than a boom. This is that the boom mic is further from the talent and therefore is more susceptible to picking up the sound of the room.

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