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What do the "beeps" and/or "buzzes" during recording sessions mean?
Old 19th January 2013
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What do the "beeps" and/or "buzzes" during recording sessions mean?

Over the years I've listened to numerous "raw" professional studio recording sessions of musicians, voice over artists, etc... And in between takes, a tone (or buzzer, in older recordings) would be heard. The tones would be quick in duration (1/4 sec. or less)— and either 1, 2 or 3 in rapid succession.

Presumably these tones/buzzes are markers or ques of some sort for the engineers to reference cuts and I don't think the ones I'm talking about are automation ques.

Is there a "standard" as to what a single buzz/tone signifies, that differs from a double or triple buzz or tone?

Old 19th January 2013
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Most of the time those beeps are for the talent doing voice over work. It's a cue to let them know their line is coming up. I'm not sure if the beeps in succession signify anything different other than the studio that did the work.

Post-prod guys could probably answer that.
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