Adventures In Audio
Digital tape editing

David Mellor

David Mellor is CEO and Course Director of Audio Masterclass. David has designed courses in audio education and training since 1986 and is the publisher and principal writer of Adventures In Audio.

Friday February 14, 2003
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Digital tape recorders do not allow cut-and-splice editing, like analog tape
does.

With experience, cut-and-splice editing is easy and accurate for stereo and
multitrack analog tapes.

The Sony DASH multitrack digital tape recording system does in theory allow
cut-and-splice editing, but it is generally not considered sufficiently reliable.

Digital tape recording systems such as DASH, DTRS and ADAT can be edited by
copying the tape.

Using a specialized controller, you can copy a segment of audio from one machine
to another. Then you can set an 'offset' between the two machines so that when
the record machine comes to the end of your first segment, the other machine
is just about to start playing the next segment of audio you want to edit on.
You can set the punch-in to record to occur automatically.

This sounds complicated, but is surprisingly easy in practice. This is the
way all video tapes are edited.

Disk recording systems however offer very much more flexible editing.

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