There are several different kinds of synchronization between different kinds of music and recording equipment. Here is a description of each, and its capabilities:

One important factor in synchronization is that you must always use the same synchronizing device with the same recording. The exception is if SMPTE code is used. There some interchangeability is available.

Another important factor is that one device must be the master device, and the others must be capable of slaving themselves to the master. The slaving operations are a lot harder to implement in a machine, so many multitracks have only the master capability, expecting the other device to be the slave. On the other hand, most computer programs used for sound recording or MIDI are quite able to slave themselves, since slaving software is much easier to write than slaving hardware is to build.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions about synchronization:


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