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Digital Audio Editing by Simon Langford

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Chapter 1

Audio Editing 101

Editing History: Tape

It was only with the advent of multi-track tape recorders that any kind of meaningful editing became possible. Audio editing (in the very loosest definition of the term) was technically possible with earlier mono or stereo tape recordings, but any editing would have been limited to very simple repeating of sections or removal of sections of the whole recording. When multi-track tape recorders came into the world (courtesy of a company called Ampex in the 1950s) a few more options became available to the creative (and patient) engineer. On the surface there doesn’t seem to be any more flexibility, because editing of a multi-track tape in the way it had previously been done still involved cutting ...

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