the cutting on/off sound: tape editing?

  • i always thought this cutting effect was done with a fader or a button like a transformer scratch pad.

    first off this meowbay guy, i think he's from germany - is a bloody genius, and it was so cool to see the edit tape play as you hear the audio to really see what editing was all about back in the day.
    check out the effect right at the 5:00min mark...

    all you see is white tape = wow!

    was all these type of effects back in the day done like this? i always thought it was done from the master track mixing board.

    i think this is guy is amazing and wish these recordings were released on 12";
    this was my fave edit mix

  • The white parts of the tape are known as 'splices', many engineers swear by it. An old friend of mine was on Plus 8 Records (Detroit Techno label) in the early '90s, he was telling me how the label owner, Richie Hawtin used splicing as his preferred method of editing at the time. As you can hear, gating, stutters, reverses, back edits etc. are all easily achieved with high accuracy.

    There is no real genius in this, but it is an art. I had a reel to reel years ago, and was experimenting by manually pushing the reels round whilst recording sections, I'd end up with hundreds of tape splices, which was no different to having a bank of sampled sound effects. I'd use them for doing various edits using the splicing techniques, the result of which are seen in your video examples. It's simply the analogue way of arranging and editing a song. Similar edits & effects can be easily achieved digitally when you drag a sample into the arrange window of Logic or Cubase (or any decent sample editor) then zoom in to do your edits.

    Look up Delia Derbyshire, she basically pioneered tape splicing back in the early '60s. Here's a clip that explains it all a little clearer:

    What I always wanted to know is how the stutter effects were done on Breaking In Space, where the transients in the vocals repeat over the top while the vocals are still running, possibly a similar method and overlaid afterwards, or maybe some kind of analogue delay switching in and out. Check around 2:35 on this clip:

  • my favorite editing sound is the "stop" sound that sounds like someone turned the record player off or put his hand on the record to stop it. (which is then repeated several times). any idea how this is done?

    is there an easy way to do this with digital editing/sequencing?

    p.s. delia derbyshire is even connected to the beginnings of electro funk. 8)

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