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Digital Audio Editing by Simon Langford

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Chapter 9

Transient Detection

Why Use Transient Detection?

Throughout the previous chapters, there have been numerous references to “transients” and the “attack” of sounds. These are particularly relevant when it comes to fine-tuning the timing of different regions or notes. So far we have always suggested that this is done manually, as the waveform display can be misleading in this regard. But what happens if the recording that we have is such that it is hard to pick out where the transients or start points of different sounds or notes are? What if, for example, we are dealing with a fully mixed stereo drum-kit recording where the waveform display doesn’t allow us to clearly pick out all the transients?

The ability to pick out transients (or ...

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