We talk a lot about getting it right at the source around here, if you haven’t noticed.

This obviously means we need to put a lot of our focus on the recording process before we dive into editing, mixing, and mastering.

I think a lot of people get hung up in the recording process by either recording too many takes of each part, or trying to get everything perfect in one take. I think both approaches can be helpful.

I’m a big fan of doing as little as possible to get the best result. Sometimes I record one take of each track. Sometimes I record two to five takes of particular tracks.

Each situation is different.

The key is knowing when you need to do one over the other. Being able to do this will make you much more productive.

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Joe Gilder
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