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An Exercise In Decision Making In the Studio

It’s time to turn your highly advanced DAW into an old school tape machine.

Well, in functionality, at least.

After you complete this exercise, you’ll be well on your way to making better decisions in the studio.

The exercise? You’ve only got four audio tracks. Go.

All you have to do is create an entire production using only four audio tracks. If you want this to actually pay off, however, you’ll need to have a lot more instruments than that.

Here’s an example of how you could do this:

Step 1 – Program drums.

Step 2 – Print drums to audio.

Step 3 – Play in bass.

Step 4 – Bounce both drums and bass to new audio track.

Step 5 – Play in guitar one on the original audio track that the drums were on.

Step 6 – Bounce the guitar with the drums and bass to the open audio track.

Your entire production would continue on this path. It’s going to require a few more decisions along the way in terms of the mix and even the parts you play.

However, it is also going to offer you even more freedom than you might expect. You’ll be able to put a part down and move on. When you get down to the final four tracks, you’ll have already made a lot of the mix decisions.

Instead of looking at 40 individual audio tracks that need to be mixed, you’ll see 4 that just need to be touched up.

Now, you’ll give up some control at the same time. But that’s going to ultimately strengthen your decision making process. So don’t be afraid to make some crucial decisions along the way. It’s all part of the process. Have fun with it and make something great!

The next project you do, you’ll be able to make even better decisions along the way, ultimately making it a whole lot easier on yourself when you get to the mix stage.

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