Sometimes people will say a filter has a “wet” sound. Exactly what this sound is hard to describe, but you’ll know it when you hear it. This usually refers to a fewer-than-4-pole filter sound – often low or bandpass – with resonance turned up a bit, but not to the point of self-oscillation. It’s a sound that is popular in acid house and other similar techno styles. I reminds one of a vowel-ish vocal sound with a lot of moisture and pronounced formants. It is in contrast to the muted sound of a filter with 4 or more poles and very low to no resonance, or the wide-open an buzzy sound of a high pass filter, or a low pass filter with the cutoff frequency set very high.
(This is different than the use of “wet” in reference to the use of effects in the mix.)« Back to Glossary Index