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Punch In / Out

From Chace Audio

Punching in/out is the recording technique used to replace a section of audio with another without affecting the entire recording. For example, when recording spoken word, if one line of dialog is incorrect or unintelligible, an engineer can go back and “punch in” that one line. This prevents having to re-record an entire performance for one mistake.

In post production, engineers punch in and out when replacing music, dialogue, ADR, adding Foley, or inserting fixes to tracks. A clean punch will be seamless with the original recording. A bad punch is one that cuts off sound from the original recording or cuts in or out of the track too abruptly. Bad punches can also induce clicks in the digital realm.