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Sound and Recording, 5th Edition by Tim Mccormick, Francis Rumsey

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Chapter 15

Timecode and synchronisation

The boundaries between audio and video operations are less clear these days, and subjects such as timecode which used to be almost universally the domain of the video engineer are now as pertinent to the audio engineer. Timecode is used widely in the audio post-production industry for synchronising machines and providing a real-time positional reference on tapes. It is used in video editing and in the editing of digital audio recordings, and it is used in hard-disk recording systems for compiling edit lists and for synchronisation. Many modern analogue tape recorders have timecode facilities as do professional digital recorders, some even being equipped with ‘chase’ synchronisers.

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