remembering

Yes, it’s another reference to the title of a song, the one I’ve been putting down tremolo guitar for the last 4 days. It’s really starting to shape up, it has a nice ‘sound’. Just about all that’s left (electric guitar-wise) is laying down rockin’ guitars for chorus and bridge. I’m actually quite looking forward to going home this evening and editing the tremolo stuff together, it just sounds great. Not that editing isn’t always fun, but sometimes, it’s just more fun than other times.

how many edits?

I just got back in town from vacation, and sat down to continue working on the record. In the process of lining up a drum track to more closely map to the song’s tempo, it became necessary to eventually do individual edits that numbered in the hundreds. This can be very tedious and time-consuming, and there are many pitfalls. When editing to bring a track into timing, the idea is to make small changes that don’t affect the overall sound, but fix issues that can make a track sound jerky or off-time, hopefully making the track or tracks sounds it sound as perfect as possible, with no audible audio artifacts. When you’re trying to get the best audio tracks possible, small errors can have a big impact, so fixing small errors becomes paramount. However, there is a line that can be easily crossed that involves micro-editing and editing to achieve a certain “look” for the waveform, sometimes in detriment to the musicality of the track itself. For example, you see that a run of snare hits should land right on the beat, but they are out of time slightly. So you line the snare drums up to the tempo, but when you listen to it back, it doesn’t sound right. So I’ve found that when doing these types of edits, it’s always wise to a) make an unedited copy of the track before doing any edits and b) to listen back regularly to the sounds in context to make sure they’ve gained what you’re looking for (in this case, better timing), and to ensure that you haven’t lost something in the process (smoothness, musicality). The test of “How Many Edits” is still, like most things musical, arbited by your ears, so listen closely.