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Scribble Strip

A portion of the front panel or user interface of some device allocated for handwritten notes. A great example pertinent to the audio industry is the area on audio mixing boards designed to accommodate notes about what is on a given channel. This space is usually a strip (hence the term “scribble strip”) that runs the width of the mixer just above or below the faders. This is the space sound engineers use to name the channels (bass, kick, snare, GTR, etc.) for quick identification. On more modern mixers and control surfaces scribble strips have become electronic displays. The names of the channels are saved with setups and can be recalled accordingly. The virtual equivalent of scribble strips are also part of computer based DAW systems.

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