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Visual editing

Anyone who is used to editing audio using quarter inch tape may approach editing on a PC with trepidation. PCs allow you to edit visually rather than using your ears to ‘scrub’ the audio back and forth to hear the edit point. Some Digital Audio Workstations provide a simulation of scrub editing, either using special hardware in the form of a search wheel, or an option to use the computer's mouse. This option is provided by some PC and Mac software such as Pro Tools, and now also by Adobe Audition 2.0. I find that these scrub options are usually unsatisfactory because of tiny, but noticeable, processing delays between the mouse movements and hearing the result. As a professional tape editor I used to find that the delay caused ...

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