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Soundbite is generally used in certain DAW recording software programs such as Digital Performer, to define a very small section of recorded audio. The term derives from two sources: First, in computer-speak, a byte is a unit of data that is eight bits (binary digits) long. In broadcasting, a soundbite is a small segment of audio or film footage that either encapsulates or is considered to be the most important part of a much longer speech or interview. By combining the two concepts with a little misspelling thrown in for good measure, a soundbite in DAW-speak becomes a small section of digital audio data.

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