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Chapter 8. Basic Audio Editing > Three Ways to Resize Audio Events

Three Ways to Resize Audio Events

You might have heard the term nonlinear editing used when describing how a multitrack editor like Cubase works. Unlike a tape-based system, in which recorded audio plays back only at the time when it was recorded, a digital editor gives you complete freedom to choose which pieces of audio play when. You can take the second phrase of the great-sounding backing vocal you sang over the first chorus and easily copy it to every other chorus.

When you are making these type of edits, you'll nearly always need to take only certain sections of an event or events: a phrase here, two beats there, and so on. To do that, you'll often need to change the duration, or size, of an event. Cubase offers three ways to change the size of an event, all selected via a drop-down menu on the object selection tool. Each mode is fully described in the pages that follow, but here's a quick comparison to keep in mind as you use the different modes:


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