Pre-Production? Check. Recording? Check. Now what? Mixing? Bzzzzzz. Wrong. 🙂
There’s an important step that comes between recording that last instrument and starting the mixing process. It’s called editing.
Editing can mean lots of things. Pocketing, cleaning up, comping, tuning, Beat Detective, quantizing, nudging, “flying,” copying & pasting, cutting out entire sections of the song — all of these could be put under the blanket of editing.
Let’s take a look at what editing is why you should make editing a part of your workflow. (more…)
Do you use crossfades when you edit? Do you know what they’re used for? This video should help.
Leave a comment below and let us know how you use crossfades. Also, if you want more in-depth editing training, check this out.
Over the weekend, I got this email from Alan:
Hi Joe, Just purchased your Understanding Editing Tutorials. And I have a question. On the 3rd video, “Drum Editing,” you are discussing about overlapping the wav forms so that the cymbals continue to ring out. Wouldn’t it be easier, if instead of grouping the cymbals with the other tracks to be edited, that you leave them alone? Or am I missing the point? If you are grouping all the tracks together, for editing purposes on the kick or the snare, why include the cymbals? I am confused as to why one would include the cymbals for a group editing, and take the risk that they don’t continue to ring out as originally played.
This is a GREAT question, Alan.
Welcome to Day 20 of 31 Days to Better Recordings.
On Days 1-10 we talked about gear. On Days 11-19 we looked into recording techniques. For the remainder of 31 Days to Better Recordings, we’re going to look at what do to with those tracks once they’ve been recorded, things like editing, mixing, and mastering.
Today, let’s take a look at editing.
What is Editing?
That’s a fair question. You may be new to recording, or maybe you’ve just never bothered to think about editing. Either way, I think it’s worth your while to give it some thought. It might be a key factor in making better recordings.
So, what exactly IS editing? I’ve talked about it a lot here on Home Studio Corner (see Intro to Editing), but let’s review.
Last week was Editing Week here on HSC. I asked you if you edit your tracks, why you should and shouldn’t edit your tracks, and I finished the week off with an Intro to Editing video.
As I mentioned last week, I’ve got something BRAND NEW for you today. I told my HSC customers about it yesterday, and I told my newsletter folks about it this morning, now it’s your turn.
It’s a new set of tutorial videos called Understanding Editing.
This is a fun new product, and I think you’re going to like it. People tend to think they probably NEED to edit their tracks from time to time, but they’re not quite sure where to start. Sound familiar? Perhaps Understanding Editing is for you then.
It includes 3.5 hours of HD videos AND practice tracks, so you can start working on your editing skills right away. All this is available via instant download.
Check it out at:
As a brand new HSC product, I’m offering this at a special discounted price. The price will go up to the normal price soon, so jump on this deal while you can. (And as always, there’s no risk to you, you can always request a full refund if you don’t LOVE it.)
Alrighty, go check it out!
Yesterday I talked about about audio editing and why I do it. If you haven’t read that article yet, be sure to check it out and leave a comment. I’m intrigued to hear your thoughts.
As promised, today I want to share with you an audio example of editing at work.
Audio editing is obviously not some huge mystery. For the most part, it’s just about fixing timing issues. As I said yesterday, it’s not about creating a good performance, but simply enhancing a good one.
The example you’re about to hear is from my upcoming album. In fact, it’s the song featured in the HSC Production Club (which will be re-opening next week).
I played all the guitars in this song, except for the lead guitar, and my brother-in-law played bass. We’re both (if I may say so myself) good musicians and recorded good performances. However, I felt the song still needed some tightening up. Enter editing.
Do you edit your recordings?
Once everything has been recorded, before you start mixing, do you edit the audio? Do you fix things? Do you think it’s cheating? Do you think it’s stupid NOT to do it? I’m going to give you my take on it, but be sure to let me know your opinion in the comments section below.
What is Editing?
An audio editor is much like a book editor. He takes the original audio file and adds or removes bits and pieces to make it better.
An audio editor at a radio station will take a spoken-word commercial that’s 34 seconds long and trim it down until it fits into a 30-second spot. A book editor will read the manuscript and suggest that certain parts be taken out…or certain parts be stretched out.
With regard to music production and recording, editing involves any changes made to the audio between the recording phase and the mixing phase. This can involve normalizing audio files, correcting timing issues, removing unwanted sections, or even changing the actual performance itself.
If you’re recording music at home, you’re going to have noise in your recordings. You obviously want to do everything you can to reduce the amount of noise in your recordings.
A few suggestions for cutting down on noise:
- Use thick packing blankets. (I feel like that sentence is direct copyright infringement on the Home Recording Show…they love blankets over there.) These can be a cheap way to block out some noise.
- Record in a separate room. This is ideal but not always possible.
- Use a dynamic mic. They’re less sensitive and may not pick up as much room noise…but they usually require more gain, so you may have more pre-amp noise. Doh!
- Record in outer space. Again, this isn’t always possible.
There are all sorts of tricks for cutting down noise, but that’s not the point of this article. Let’s just assume that you’ll deal with noise at some point in your home recording career…and by “some point” I mean “every day.” 🙂
On to the main attraction…4 Ways to Deal with Noise in a Mix.