Editing Software and the Hidden Editor in You
you find the hidden music editor within yourself? Look deep…
deep… DEEP! Nothing there? Well then, you need to discover
the wonderful world of sound editing.
music sound editing is highly dependant on how well your ears have
been trained musically. This is particularly true when editing mistakes
that have been made by instrumentalists.
create a hypothetical situation. You are a recording engineer and
you have just recorded a classical pianist playing an entire movement
(large completer section) of a Brahms Piano Sonata. Throughout the
performance the pianist played flawlessly except for four particular
There are two
The performer can re-record the entire movement again.
You can ask the performer to play a portion of the music around
the areas where the errors took place.
If you are dealing with a professional, they
may very well want to have another try (or two) at playing through
the entire movement. However, a note-perfect performance of a difficult
piece is challenging even for a professional. As for a semi-professional,
they are most likely going to produce mistakes in the performance
of a long and difficult work. The more times they try for the perfect
play-through, the more apt they are to make mistakes due to mental
and physical fatigue.
us to the second option. Most recording
software allows you to highlight and delete unwanted errors.
Then, with a simple copy and paste process, you can bring newer,
polished playing into the same track as a replacement for what you
just deleted. The trick is to find a place before and after the
mistake area where some silence takes place, so that you don’t
hear the edit.
you cannot find a silent area shortly before and shortly after the
mistake, then you have to insert the new and improved sound clip
in an inconspicuous place, making sure to attempt a close match
in terms of sound levels, etc… This is a tricky endeavour,
but like any skill, it gets better with practice.
course, if the performer performs the Sonata on a midi rather than
an acoustic instrument, editing becomes a breeze. Midi “mistakes”
are easy to fix. Midi notes usually appear as horizontal bars in
editing browsers. You can actually add extra notes or delete unwanted
notes with drawing and erasing tools respectively.