Facebook social media iconTwitter social media iconYouTube social media iconSubmit to Reddit

Digital tape editing

Why digital tape recordings are edited by copying rather than cut-and-splice, except for the DASH format.


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.

FREE EBOOK - Equipping Your Home Recording Studio

Equipping Your Home Recording Studio

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.

By David Mellor Friday February 14, 2003

How to Avoid These 4 Huge Mistakes In Audio

Are you making these 4 simple mistakes again and again in your home recording studio? They are easy to identify and avoid, so you don't have to. Learn more...

Free Ebook - Equipping Your Home Recording Studio

Set up your home recording studio in the very best way possible. Learn how to select equipment and solftware all the way through from microphones to monitors. Learn more...

Welcome to Professional Audio

Come on the Audio Masterclass FREE COURSE TOUR. A short series of tutorials to welcome you to the challenging world of professional audio. Learn more...