|Digital editing is
the science and the art of taking raw performances and “tweaking” them
to perfection. If that cymbal crash is a bit too early, no problem, we
just move it back a hair. If your vocal was a bit flat, again no problem,
we simply adjust it! Digital editing can make or break a recorded performance
(and usually the former!).
Some call it cheating, but we
just call it making you sound your best!
Think of digital editing as something akin to the process of making
a film. After a film is shot (raw footage), the editor pastes together
the best scenes or "takes". This "final cut" is what
is shown to the public. Nobody complains when they see the film that
a scene may have been re-shot or pasted together from two different performances.
In fact, most people just enjoy the film without really thinking about
how it was put together.
Digital editing of music is a similar process in that different perfomances
and be composited or "comped" together to eliminate mistakes
or just to create a more uniform feel. Not all music is editied or course,
but it is nice to know that the option is available if you need it.