Step 3 – Editing

EDIT>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…)

Day 20 – Don’t Forget to Edit! [31DBR]

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.


Understanding Editing – New Tutorial Series

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!

Intro to Editing (300th Post!)

To round out “Editing Week” here on HSC, I’ve put together an Intro to Editing video for you. It may seem a bit backwards, but we’ve talked about why you should or shouldn’t edit your tracks, and now I want to make sure all of you know the basic tools of editing and how it works.



In other news, this is the 300th Post here on HSC. Yay! 🙂

Be sure to leave a comment, okay?

Do You Edit Your Tracks?

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.)