I have over twenty years' experience of editing sound recordings. Though I can edit pretty much anything, my particular areas of expertise are classical music and speech.
Having edited many hundreds of CDs I know what can be done, what can't be done, what tricks are necessary to get something done, and - perhaps most importantly in these days of tight budgets - how to get it done quickly and with minimum fuss.
In my career, I've seen incredible changes in editing technology:
- when I started working in radio, I was editing speech on 1/4" analogue tape with razor blades and sticky tape
- at Decca in the 1980s, I used their then state-of-the-art digital editing system - which used modified IVC video recorders and custom Decca digital audio processors and controllers
- at Abbey Road I set up the largest and earliest Sonic Solutions editing system in the UK
- in the mid 1990s I was one of the early adopters of the first practical PC-based editing system that ran natively - i.e. not using external hardware. This was SAW, the predecessor to today's SAW Studio
- at the BBC World Service in the mid 2000s I used SADiE extensively for both editing and mixing - and still, occasionally, analogue tape with razor blades and sticky tape!