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Definition of the verb quantize

What does quantize mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: quantized | quantizing | quantizes

  1. approximate (a signal varying continuously in amplitude) by one whose amplitude is restricted to a prescribed set of discrete values
  2. apply quantum theory to; restrict the number of possible values of (a quantity) or states of (a physical entity or system) so that certain variables can assume only certain discrete magnitudes that are integral multiples of a common factor

Alternative definition of the verb quantize


  1. [transitive, physics] To limit the number of possible values of a quantity, or states of a system, by applying the rules of quantum mechanics
  2. [transitive, telecommunications] To approximate a continuously varying signal by one whose amplitude can only have a set of discrete values
  3. [transitive, music] To shift each beat in a rhythmic pattern to the nearest beat of a given resolution (eighth note, sixteenth note, etc.), or to adjust the frequency or pitch of a note to the nearest perfect tone in a given musical scale


Quantize is a musical group.

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Quantize

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Google previewThe Complete Guide to Music Technology

by Darren Jones

Display Quantize is an important setting – the score editor will not display notes or rests that are smaller than the set values, so if you are using a part with 32nd notes in it, then you will need to re-set these. Cubase has these settings to try to ...

Google previewThe Remix Manual (2014)

The Art and Science of Dance Music Remixing with Logic by Simon Langford

If you don't then you might need to go back to the Arrange window and make sure the audio track that contains the region you want to quantize is the currently selected one and that the specific regions you want are ...

Google previewThe Everything Guide to Digital Home Recording (2009)

Tips, tools, and techniques for studio sound at home by Marc Schonbrun

Swing quantize is great for jazz drum parts that need to swing! The only information you need to quantize is the speed of your fastest note division. It uses the standard musical note durations of whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, and so on.

Google previewDance Music Manual (2009)

Tools, Toys and Techniques by Rick Snoman

Groove quantize is a more recent development that allows you ...

Google previewLoops and Grooves (2003)

The Musician's Guide to Groove Machines and Loop Sequencers

Quantize is a fancy word for automatic error correction, which fixes slight timing errors made during real-time recording. To use quantization first assign a grid value, such as sixteenth or thirty-second notes. As you play, if a particular note is a ...

Google previewMacmillan Dictionary of Information Technology (1985)

by Dennis Longley, Michael Shain

quantize In communications, to assign one of a fixed set of values to an analog signal as part of an analog to digital conversion process, e.g. in pulse code modulation, an analog signal is sampled, quantized and a ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Multimedia 1999 (2014)

Terms and Acronyms by Brad Hansen

quantize. (v.)In digitizing audioorvideo, to measure the amplitude of a sample at regular intervals to establisha representative numericalvalue to encode. Other steps inanalog-to-digital (A/D) conversion are sampling and encoding.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Boss DR-5 Chord Patterns (2002)

by James D. Parham

While in Step Record Mode, select the desired QUANTIZE setting: a. The QUANTIZE setting ( either ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1979)

Volume 12 - Pattern Recognition: Structural Description Languages to Reliability of Computer Systems by Jack Belzer, Albert G. Holzman, Allen Kent

we can quantize the differences non uniformly— fine quantization for small differences, coarse for large. Errors at large-difference points are less conspicuous since these ...

Google previewWebster's New World Telecom Dictionary (2008)

by Ray Horak

See also analog, CELP, compression, encode, HCV, modem, PCM, quantize, vector, and VoIP. VQL (Variable Quantizing Level) A voice compression technique that encodes analog voice signals in blocks, adjusting the size of the quantizing ...

Google previewIllustrated Encyclopedia of Applied and Engineering Physics, Three-Volume Set (2017)

by Robert Splinter

Schrödinger's conditions will quantize these energy levels for electrons. In the Bohr model, each energy level can be occupied by two fermions, where both will have opposite spin (spin up vs. spin down). At absolute zero, all atomic energy ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Music (2005)

Quantize : A process used in sequencing which 'fixes' rhythmic 556 • Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Music.

Google previewDictionary of Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy (2001)

by Richard A. Matzner

Various attempts to quantize general relativity have thus far been unsuccessful. String theory contains general relativity in some limit, and gravity may eventually be quantized in the context of the quantum theory of strings. quantum yield The ...

Google previewMini Music Guides: Dictionary of Music (2013)

All the Essential Terms, Composers, and Theory in an Easy-to-Follow Format! by L. C. Harnsberger

quantize: To round off the rhythmic value of ...

Google previewRandom House Webster's Rhyming Dictionary (2008)

by Random House

downsize, earthrise, edgewise, excise, franchise, Grecize, high-rise, incise, king-size, leastwise, lengthwise, life- size, likewise, low-rise, man-size, midsize, misprize, moonrise, outsize, pint-size, quantize, queen- size, remise, reprise, revise, ...

Google previewMusic Dictionary (2008)

Paperback Lessons by Hal Leonard Corp.

quantize: In synthesis, aligning notes to precise rhythmic values to correct for human inaccuracies.

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Scrabble value of Q10U1A1N1T1I1Z10E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 26 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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