Tech Tip:An Introduction to Hard Disk Recording, Part 4
What is Random Access ?
Unlike a tape-based system, HDRs don't make you fast forward through all the verses and choruses to get from the beginning to the end. Just jump there instantly.
Random Access is FAST!
You can immediately jump to a specific bar and beat, or time location in your song. In fact, some HDRs allow you to have hundreds of markers so you can jump to any location, instantly.
This is another way that HDRs help your creative process—speed. You don't have to wait to rewind to try a new solo when your creative juices are really flowing. You can jump instantly to the second chorus to see how it compares to the first. You can instantly jump from one version of your song to another, to see how it sounds with two choruses after the second verse instead of the one you originally recorded. The possibilities are endless.
Using a random access system means not having to wait for rewinding—you can keep your creative processes flowing.
Using pointer based editing in a random access system allows you to quickly and easily try different versions of your song.
Try different arrangements of your song:
#1. Copy your whole song
#2. Change the order of verses, number of choruses, choice of solo and vocal, etc.
#3. Use markers to quickly jump from section to section to compare the two versions of your song.
If your HDR has a digital mixer with FX and automation, you can even compare mixes of your song in this same way. Random access and pointer based editing can help you make better music.