What’s your process for recording a song?

Mine usually goes something like this:

  1. Write a song.
  2. Record a quick demo. (Usually just guitar and vocals.)
  3. Pre-Production – Plan out what I want to do with the song (basic structure, arrangement, instrumentation, etc.). I leave room for creativity, but having a rough plan can be really helpful.
  4. Recording (including any MIDI parts)
  5. Editing
  6. Mixing
  7. Mastering

Pretty simple stuff. But what about number 5? How many of you actually dedicated a part of the production process to editing? (Seriously, I’m curious. Leave a comment and let me know if you do or not.)

I think a lot of people don’t put a lot of emphasis on editing. I’ll be honest, it’s not the most exciting process, but it can make such a big difference, particularly when it comes to pocketing the audio (i.e. tightening up the timing of each performance).

Do I go through the editing process with every song I record? No, sometimes the track doesn’t need it. But the majority of the time a couple hours of editing can make a HUGE impact on the sound of the

What’s the deal with editing? Well, I actually posted on this a few months back, so I’m going to have you check those posts out again in case you missed them. I’m making this week unofficially Editing Week here on HSC. I’ll be posting some articles and a video later this week, and I’ll even post the pros AND cons of editing.

Here are those two articles. But before you read them, leave a quick comment here and tell me if editing is a part of your production process.

Now that I’m back from vacation, it’s time for us to jump back into the conversation, so leave me at least 10 comments before tomorrow. I’ve got a video coming down the pipe. Thanks! 🙂

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