How To Fail At Editing In Your DAW: The Simon Cowell Test

Want to fail really fast at editing in your DAW? Start working with bad tracks.

It’s that easy!

So how can you improve your editing, mixing, and overall product? By implementing the Simon Cowell Test.

In case you’ve lived under a rock for the past decade or so, Simon Cowell is a successful talent scout – you know him from American Idol.

The thing about him is that he’s brutally honest – even when the truth hurts. Most people see him as being rude, mean, and even cruel to those who audition and compete on the TV shows he judges.

But I don’t see it that way. I see him as being incredibly helpful.

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We know this is true. If you have a bad track that needs fixing and you tell yourself that you can “just edit it later”, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

How do you get better at editing and not fail at it? Work with better tracks.

Which is where the Simon Cowell test comes in to play.

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As soon as you finish recording a part, imagine that Simon Cowell is sitting next to you. What would he say?

Most of the time he’d probably say something “rude” about it. But it isn’t rude to be honest with yourself about how your tracks really sound. It’s helpful.

Re-record the part until Simon would be satisfied with it.

Once you get it, you’ll have very little – if any – editing to do. That’s how you succeed at editing in your DAW.

Now, you don’t have to use Simon as your “judge” – I just like his raw honesty and can picture exactly what he’d say. You can use anyone you like!

We work really hard to get the perfect tracks in Secrets of the Hits, so if you want to see what your individual tracks should sound like, check it out here!


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