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Automatic Punching in Your Home Recording

Automatic punching in and out is one of the many gifts from the digital recording gods. This process allows you to fully concentrate on getting your part right without having to worry about getting the punch right. With automatic punching, you can replace very small passages or get into really tight places with your punch.

For example, suppose you have one bad snare drum hit that you want to replace. With automatic punch in/out, you can set it to start recording right before that bad note and stop immediately after it, leaving the rest of the notes untouched.

Even though each recorder is a little different in its autopunch procedure, all recorders follow these basic steps:

  1. Select the track you want to punch in and out of.

  2. Arm the track by pressing the Select button until you get the red blinking light.

  3. Locate the punch-in point on your recorder.

    You do this either by playing the song until you get to the point that you want to punch in or by keying in the numbers for that section of the song.

  4. Press the In Point (punch in) button on your recorder.

  5. Locate the punch-out point on your recorder.

    You do this either by playing the song until you get to the point that you want to punch out or by keying in the numbers for that section of the song.

  6. Press the Out Point (punch out) button on your recorder.

  7. Press the Auto-Punch button on your recorder.

  8. Rewind the recorder to just before the punch-in point.

  9. Press the Record button followed by the Play button (some recorders don’t require you to press the Record button first).

  10. Play your part.

When you’re done, your newly recorded part is neatly placed in the song.

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