Chapter 18

Audio editing





At one time, audio editing almost always meant cutting and rejoining a tape, and many of the terms that are still used refer directly to this physical process. Tape, obviously, is a linear medium: to get to any particular place on it, you must run forward or backward to that point.

Now the same ends are generally achieved by reorganizing and recombining data in computer memory. This begins with recording and laying tracks on hard disk. Rough editing is assembling the main body of a programme or sequence in the right order and taking out the longer stretches of unwanted material. Fine editing is tightening up this assembled material to provide for the best continuity of action and argument, and also deleting hesitations, ...

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