Working Through Your Workflow

Working Through Your Workflow

It takes a long time to create a good recording. But it can take a lot longer than it needs to in some cases.

The reason why? The workflow hasn’t been figured out or executed.

Here’s a good workflow that I like to use in order to maximize efficiency and finish more recordings, which means I can practice more, which means I’ll get better faster. You can use this to do the same.

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This might be the best thing to do, especially if you’re working with other people. Thinking you can record drums, bass, guitars, keys, vocals, do a mix, and run a master in a single session is pretty foolish. If you’ve ever tried, you probably quit after bass.

I like to break up a single song into four “sessions.” A session might be a morning of recording or an entire day. It might even be broken up over several days if I don’t have time to spend an entire day on it.

The first session consists of rhythm section recording and editing. The second is lead instrument/vocal recording and editing. The third is the mix, and the fourth is the master.

If you set this up beforehand, you’re more likely to finish the rhythm section in the first day rather than quitting before it’s finished.

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I rarely leave editing for later. If you do it right away, you’re more likely to remember what actually needs to be edited and will be able to do a better job. While the guitarist reviews his last lick, go ahead and add fades to the region he just cut. Tighten up your tracks after you finish a section so that you don’t have as much work to do later.

This is a great way to save time and energy and keep things fluid in a session. Tightening up the drums before the bass player lays down the bass can help everyone perform better.

Use these workflow tips to better your recordings. Check out Multi-Platinum Member to get even more tips and tricks for your recording process.