Temp track

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A temp track is an existing piece of music or audio which is used during the editing phase of television and film production, serving as a guideline for the tempo, mood or atmosphere the director is looking for in a scene.[1][2] It is also referred to as scratch music,[3] temp score[4] or temp music.[5]

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, 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.[2][6]


  1. ^ Sadoff, Ronald H. (9 May 2006). "CJO - Abstract - The role of the music editor and the 'temp track' as blueprint for the score, source music, and scource music of films". Popular Music. Journals.cambridge.org. 25 (2). doi:10.1017/S0261143006000845. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Bond, Jeff (3 June 1998). "X-Files: Fight the Temp-Track". Filmscoremonthly.com. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  3. ^ "What is scratch music/temp track? - filmmaking.net". www.filmmaking.net. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Glossary: Temp Score | Sweetwater.com". sweetwater.com. Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Temp Music - Glossary of Music Production Terms - Media Music Now". www.mediamusicnow.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  6. ^ "The Relevance of Temp Tracks". Epic Sound. Retrieved 25 January 2019.