With the notes taken during the recording sessions, we establish an edit plan. This can be done in conjunction with the performers but we usually compile a first edit on our own and send a listening copy to the performers. They will then add their comments and suggestions and according to these we will make a second edit, which often will be the final master CD if no other changes are necessary.
Editing can be a very complex process and requires musical and technical skill. When cutting and pasting the various takes together, tempi, rhythms and the general feel of the performance need to be carefully matched in order to produce a coherent and flowing performance. The skill is to make it sound as if there were no edits at all.
The editing process is streamlined by using a program which supports source-destination editing ie. all of the source takes are lined up in one editing window and the final montage or destination is in another window. Sections are then cut from the source and pasted into the destination. All editing is non-destructive and can be changed at any time without touching the original audio file.