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Digital Audio Editing by Simon Langford

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Chapter 10

Beat-Mapping and Recycling

Introduction

In this section of the book, we are going to start to look at editing tools and processes that can not only serve a corrective purpose but also can be put to more creative uses if the need or opportunity arises. And as much as some of these techniques cross the line between corrective and creative uses, equally some of them cross the lines between editing, production, and sound design. So, first up, and following on from our last chapter on transient detection, it makes sense to start off with a pair of related but very different ways of using those transients that the software kindly worked so hard to figure out for us.

Beat-mapping is the process of analyzing an audio file—often longer files ...

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