overdub

noun
over·​dub | \ ˈō-vər-ˌdəb How to pronounce overdub (audio) \

Definition of overdub

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of overdubbing
2 : recorded sound that is overdubbed vocal overdubs

overdub

verb
over·​dub | \ ˌō-vər-ˈdəb How to pronounce overdub (audio) \
overdubbed; overdubbing; overdubs

Definition of overdub (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to transfer (recorded sound) onto a recording that bears sound recorded earlier in order to produce a combined effect

Examples of overdub in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The clip of Justin dancing initially went viral in October after an account called Pubby Longway posted it to Instagram with humorous overdub. Danielle Kwateng-clark, Teen Vogue, "White Drum Major John Heiderman Used His Virality for Good," 8 Nov. 2019 Take 30 would eventually be the version used for overdubs. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Beatles' Abbey Road at 50: The Most Fascinating Revelations from the Expansive Box Set," 1 Oct. 2019 Plenty of producers are going to tell you what kind of keyboard to use on that overdub. Sarah Rodman, EW.com, "Won't You Be My Neighbor? director sets his sights on Rick Rubin in new Showtime series," 13 July 2019 Recorded live with just a few vocal and synth overdubs, 2017’s 8 (Neurot) focuses on the intrinsic bonds and unstoppable movements in the cosmos. Jamie Ludwig, Chicago Reader, "Italian psychedelic doom trio Ufomammut contemplate the universe on the boundary-pushing 8," 17 May 2018 Recording was done in just three days, tracking all 13 songs on the first and then bringing in guests -- including Will Sexton, Amy LaVere, Dante Schwebel and Art Edmaiston -- for overdubs during the next two. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Austin's Greyhounds Head to Memphis for 'Cheyenne Valley Drive': Album Premiere," 11 Apr. 2018 On the earlier recording, the three of them added overdubs to elaborate tracks Fennelly had already cut using a pedal harmonium, synthesizers, and electronics. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Music / Post No Bills Jaime Fennelly’s Mind Over Mirrors premieres its immersive new multimedia opus Bellowing Sun at the MCA," 21 Mar. 2018 Hoffman said the group pretty much finished the basic tracks during the first session, leaving vocals, harmonies, overdubs and other embellishments as the main remaining tasks for the second recording session. Alan Sculley, sacbee, "Greensky Bluegrass brings its ‘mature’ sound to Hangtown festival | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Oct. 2017 The recordings, made in three days, were stark solo tracks with a handful of overdubs Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Julien Baker Bravely Confronts Her Traumas and Fears," 22 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While the Beatles work a sludgy riff, Billy Preston plays a Hammond organ and Lennon overdubs a Moog synthesizer to add in some white noise. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 50: Classic Track-By-Track Review," 26 Sep. 2019 Kip Allen provided the softer, relaxed rhythms in the verses, while Fred Eltringham came in to overdub more ferocious pops in the chorus. Tom Roland, Billboard, "What's Behind the Mystery In Devin Dawson's Sophomore Single? Just 'Asking'," 21 May 2018 Scheiner: The first one to overdub was Walter [Becker]. Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek, "Steely Dan's 'Aja' at 40: The Inside Story of the Band's Most Legendary Guitar Solo," 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of overdub

Noun

circa 1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Overdub.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overdub. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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