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Clips – Individual Sections Within an Audio Track

Audio Track

What is a clip?

An audio track is split into distinct sections to edit easier. These individual sections are called clips. Audio is a single track while clips are parts of the same audio track requiring modifications different for all clips.

Need of clipping

Sometimes, the recorded audio is a single track; however, some parts of it might need changes. To divide the track into slots to provide an introduction to each slot, clipping the audio track is required. Clips should be made to change the sequence of events in the audio. Clips can be used to remove unwanted noise or pauses in an audio track.

How to make clips?

Clips can be made using software such as Adobe Audition CC, Audacity, Ocenaudio, Acoustica Standard Edition, Amadeus Pro, Fission, or Hindenburg Journalist.

Multiple software uses distinct methods to split a track with different levels of complexity. Split can be perform using these methods:

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  • Cutting a single clip from the audio with or without shifting the remaining audio.
  • Splitting into multiple clips each saved in a separate file.
  • Copying a certain portion of the track to another audio.
  • A new clip for some empty space/pauses in a track.

After splitting, the clips need to be merge to obtain a smooth waveform without the boundaries of the clip regions. The joining of clips after manipulation as desired gives an output audio track. Click here to learn more.

Types of modifying clips

Trimming, which means cutting the unwanted endpoints of a track, is different from clipping. You can perform trimming on individual clips. The start and end-points of clips which are undesired can be trim and then merged together to obtain a continuous audio track.

  • Snapping is the process of aligning one clip with other clips. Selected clips are align with the current-time mark by enable snapping.
  • Cross-fading two clips merges the clips with fading audio between pauses of individual clips. Cross-fading can be applied to two clips only. If the clips have no splits, the start and end part of clips are cross-faded.
  • Overlapping: Clips can be overlapped by hiding the clip that is below using the clip that is above. The order of the clips can be rearranged to make the desirable clip audible.
  • Extending clips is also a feature available in some editing software. Extending clips might be used without damage the quality of the content when the time of the clip is not enough.
  • Looping is a common feature used for edit clips. Selecting clip and looping it multiple times to create a multitrack session. Any number of loops you can be perform for a selected clip.

Hence, making clips of audio track can drastically change the possibility of modifying tracks, recordings, music and so on. The correct application will give the accurate results, otherwise distorting is common for such edits made to the audio. Losing the original content while editing may lead to problems. Therefore, considering all the parameters, clipping an audio track is extremely useful.

 

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