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Attack Time
  • The time interval between the instant that a signal at the input of a device or circuit exceeds the activation threshold of the device or circuit, and the instant that the device or circuit reacts in a specified manner, or to a specified degree, to the input. Note: The term often implies a protective action such as that provided by a clipper (peak limiter) or compressor, but may be used to describe the action of a device such as a vox, where the action is not protective.