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Do audio engineers sometimes "copy and paste"?
Old 3 days ago
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Do audio engineers sometimes "copy and paste"?

In a lot of songs i listen to, i hear that the chorus is often sung the EXACT same way (really the exact same voice cracks or details) each time.

So my question is : do singers record only one take of the chorus and then the engineer "copy and pastes" it every time chorus comes, or is it just me ?

I noticed the same thing on some guitar /drums parts which sounds exactly similar. I also heard that some like to do multiple takes of a part and assemble the "best-of" parts of each take to make it sound perfect.

Thanks to anyone who can bring an answer
Old 3 days ago
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Yes, all of the above happens frequently. Mostly, because of contemporary popular music form and aesthetics, although it's not necessarily a genre-dependent practice. Sometimes, it's done that way because performers are not proficient, consistent, or capable of interpreting a recurrent section of a song with desirable nuance.
Old 3 days ago
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I can't speak for everyone, but in most of the productions I work on this is absolutely the case. Copy/paste!
Old 3 days ago
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'Copy-and-paste' can have artistic value - beyond trance/house. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if it's a copy-and-paste or skilled musicianship/engineering. There may even be very subtle, almost imperceptible variations between similar sounding choruses. Dave Pensado has made some good videos on that subtle fx variation.

Sometimes 'copy-and-paste' is super-obvious; other times you'd need to null the track sections to be sure.
Old 2 days ago
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Generally speaking, if your singer and instrumentalists 'nail the hook'.. you would copy and paste for sure. I have heard exceptions, but its usually for the sake of artistic experimentation when the chorus differs from the last one. If a song is well composed and the energy is on point, the listener shouldn't think 'gee.. this sounds like the same exact audio as the last hook..'
It should just make their head bang.
Old 2 days ago
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when I am the "audio engineer", I do what I am told. If the singer can't or won't sing it again, then we copy and paste. It happens a lot.

When I am the producer, I have a strong feeling that the second chorus is supposed to be the second chorus and not the "first chorus again". I think the energy of a song should rise and fall, mostly rise. Cutting and pasting ensures a level trajectory.

There are some who argue for a "stylistic" approach where they claim the genre of music requires a chorus that exactly repeats. For me, unless the genre is: "Boring Music" I don't buy it.

But to answer the OP's question, yes the technique is rampant.
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