Temp track

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A temp track is an existing piece of music or audio which is used in film production during the editing phase.[1] It serves as a guideline for the mood or atmosphere the director is looking for in a scene.

The track is usually replaced before release by an original soundtrack composed specifically for the film. While some feel that having to follow a temp track can be limiting for a composer,[2] it can be a useful tool in finding the right style of music for a particular scene and can be a time-saver for both the composer and director.[3]

The temp track is sometimes also referred to as scratch music,[4] temp score[5] or temp music.[6]

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