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Editing the Beatles?
Old 16th December 2010
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Editing the Beatles?

Which editing techniques, if any, were used when recording the Beatles? Did you ever cut tape in order to move a drum hit for example? Did you ever alter tape speed in order to fix tuning issues etc? Or were there, more or less, no editing going on?
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 16th December 2010
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Hi Chris, Editing to move drum hits? Alter tape speed to fix tuning? OMG.
I guess I'm lucky that I grew up in a time when musicians could play and humanness was called feel. I'm sorry I don't mean to be facetious, I know it's the state of things at this moment in time.
With the Beatles there were occasionally edits done but more between mixes than the multitracks. I don't remember doing edits on 1" or 2" tape until later, after I left EMI and then between takes not to solely fix a drum hit.
Tape speed was adjusted a LOT for the Beatles, but for effect not to correct tuning. They would just go to the piano hit the notes and tune up to them. The only tuning devices around at that time were ears.

Cheers.

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