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


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 Think for just a minute about the viral moments that depict disability: a video of a deaf child wearing hearing aids for the first time; a commercial with an overdub declaring that disabled people are more than our disability. Sinéad Burke, Vogue, 1 Mar. 2022 Or a quick yet crucial overdub or background vocal. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 18 Aug. 2020 Getting the deceptively simple song down on record would prove to be a complex endeavor, involving an orchestral score from George Martin and overdubs from an unwieldy primitive Moog synthesizer. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, 1 Oct. 2019 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, 8 Nov. 2019 Take 30 would eventually be the version used for overdubs. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, 1 Oct. 2019 Plenty of producers are going to tell you what kind of keyboard to use on that overdub. Sarah Rodman, EW.com, 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, 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, 11 Apr. 2018 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, 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, 21 May 2018 Scheiner: The first one to overdub was Walter [Becker]. Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek, 24 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of overdub


circa 1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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 27 Jun. 2022.

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