Recording and Editing Human Voice (2)

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Recording and Editing Human Voice (2)


When you listen to a radio or television commercial, or a news program or celebrity interview, you are hearing not what was actually said, but an edited version of what was recorded. In the case of a commercial, the announcer must not only say the words correctly with the right inflections, but must read the lines in the allotted time. A radio interview done with a non-professional voice might have many flubs, coughs, noises or unwanted material included. During the course of discussion, there are many false starts, incomplete sentences, interruptions for laughing and side comments, etc. In both of these cases all of unwanted audio must be removed before the material can be used. To do this, an engineer must edit the recording according to a script (sometimes called the Edit Decision List or EDL) that describes exactly what must be removed and how the remaining material goes together.


Assume that you are being asked to clean up the radio interview discussion and make it sound as good as possible. Good is usually an aesthetic judgment call. You might feel that your edit is successful but another person might not. However, most of the time spoken word editing must be invisible by its very nature. If you can hear that the edit was made, then it is wrong. There is no way around it. The human ear knows instinctively how the human voice works with words and it is a very accurate gauge of correctness. So you are looking for the invisible edit.






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