Today I was thinking about how I remember audio editing from when I was a kid, and how far we’ve come… We’re actually incredibly spoiled by the technology we have available for the price of a computer and a modern DAW.
For a while, the church where my dad was a pastor produced a weekly radio show. I was probably around 10 years old, and I remember the big mixing desk, as well as watching the audio guy using a razor blade and scotch tape to splice different bits together.
Fast forward to the late 1990s, and we had DAWs that allowed you to record multiple tracks, and in the early 2000s (2010 for Cakewalk), the concept of take lanes was introduced. This allowed the user to record multiple takes into one track, either for the entire track, or for a smaller length of time (aka, “punching in”). Then, by selecting (or compositing) the best bits of each take, the user could create the best possible version of the track.
(By the way, if you’d like to read more about comping, here’s an interesting article I found: http://www.noelborthwick.com/cakewalk/2015/10/21/the-evolution-of-comping/)
And now, as of version 4, we are able to using comping in Bitwig Studio. This is one of the last missing features that was holding me back from switching to Bitwig 100%, so in the video below, I’m excited to show you what it is, and how I use it. Hope you like it!