1. Quantize: Primarily found in digital music processing, quantization is the process of eliminating the imprecision of musical notes due to expressive performance. Because of the impeccably precise timing of quantized notes, the resulting sound is commonly referred to as “mechanical” and “manufactured”.
3. Audio Automation: Modern digital audio consoles or mixers use automation, which allows the audio engineer to make adjustments to EQ, panning, faders, etc during the post-production editing process. A timecode is necessary for the synchronization of automation. Automation allows for the further manipulation of recorded sound, and can be used to evolve a particular sound in different ways throughout a track.
“Ghostwriting”: Throughout history, musicians and composers have composed music for other artists to perform, or performed work that was not their original songwriting. Nowadays, primarily in hip-hop, the concept of having one lyricist write a song for another rapper to perform is frequently scrutinized as being inauthentic. However, the fact that an artist did not compose the work they are performing does not necessarily negate the significance of their performance or its value to the performer.