We explore the powerful new ripple editing feature in Studio One 4.
Last month I wrote about techniques for handling narration in Studio One, but I did not mention a tool that has obvious applications in this role: the new ripple edit feature in Studio One 4. Ripple editing is also commonly used when creating sound for picture, but Studio One’s lack of support for audio post applications means its ripple editing features will more likely be useful in composing, as well as in editing raw spoken word recordings or any recordings requiring culling.
With standard editing, making a selection and cutting or deleting it leaves open space where that material used to be. Extending the end of an event when there is another event immediately following it results in the stretched event overlapping the following event. Ripple editing avoids both of these results by moving the following material in response to the edit: deleting material causes the material after it to move earlier in time to fill the gap, while extending an event causes the material following to slide later in time by the same amount. This is not always the editing model you need, but when it is, it can save a huge amount of manual work.
Let’s go back to narration, last month’s focus, as an example. Say we are working on a single track of narration, which was recorded continuously. Even a good reader is likely to have a few stumbles, or decide to...
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