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Audio Recording represents the general processes relating to the capture of analog signals through microphones -- say, vocals, drum kits or whole orchestras -- and/or direct signals from, say, synthesisers. This capture may take place in a live environment or a more controlled studio setting, the latter affording rehersal and retakes. The process may involve techniques to improve the quality of the captured sound, like noise reduction or compression.

Multiple sources may be mixed together as part of the live recording process, or captured and stored independently, for further refinement in subsequent mixing and mastering stages.

Traditionally, the recording medium has been onto magnetic tape; latterly onto digital media, often supported by Digital Audio Workstations.

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