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The Insert Function in Digital Music Editing

The Insert function is common among stand-alone and SIAB systems. It allows you to place a selected piece of music in a track (or multiple tracks) and moves the music that exists after the insert point so that there’s room for the inserted material (see following illustration). This is a handy feature that lets you add to a section without losing data.

Insert pushes existing material back to make room for the inserted music.
Insert pushes existing material back to make room for the inserted music.

For example, say you have a bridge section of a song that you wrote and recorded to be 8 bars long, but after you’ve finished the song, you want to add a guitar solo to the bridge and 8 bars just isn’t long enough (you guitar monster, you!). You want the bridge to be 16 bars long instead.

Well, rather than having to rerecord the entire song with the new bridge section, you can copy the 8 new bars that you have for the bridge and insert them at the end of the existing bridge section, making the bridge 16 bars long. This takes only a second to do, and you don’t have to plug in any mics or play any instruments.

If you have a song with a lot of tempo changes and you use a tempo map (a function that allows you to set the tempo and time signature for each section of the song), make sure that you double-check your tempo map after you’ve made your edits because the tempo map won’t adjust automatically.

For example, if you add 8 bars to the bridge, you need to add 8 bars to that section of the tempo map to make sure that the rest of the song remains accurate.

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