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Audio editing is the process of taking recorded sound and changing it directly on the recording medium (analog) or in RAM (digital).

Audio editing was a new technology that developed in the middle part of the 20th century with the advent of magnetic tape recording. Prior to magnetic tape, editing (and the repairing of breaks) was performed on wire recorders with solder and extra wire to reinforce the new joint. After World War II, reel-to-reel tape machines became prevalent and edits were made with straight razors and special tape to connect pieces of magnetic tape that had been cut. Audio editors would listen to recorded tapes at low volumes, and then located specific sounds using a process called scrubbing, which is the slow rocking back and forth of the tape reels across the playback heads of the tape deck.

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