Chapter 18

Editing and post-production

18.1 Aims and philosophy of editing

Once the recording session is completed, a complete version of the repertoire has to be edited together. It usually comes as a surprise to those new to the industry just how much editing takes place, and given that the musicians are usually very much on top of the repertoire, the next questions are often ‘Why are you editing this at all?’ and then ‘Why are you editing this so much?’

To answer these questions, we can look at what the purpose of editing is: to produce a complete and best representation of the player’s interpretation of the piece. There are many reasons for editing – some technical, some musical, some negative, and some positive.

Technical reasons include: ...

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