Hard-Hitting Mix: Editing (Step 2/4)
This is the second follow up video for “4 Steps to Make Mixes Hit Hard”. In the step one we recorded tight guitar and bass tracks. Now it’s time to take those well played and recorded tracks to the next level with editing. The purpose of this is to polish and enhance what’s already good. Let’s dive right in:
While admittedly depending a little on a genre, editing is a crucial part of making your songs to match the modern music industry standards. Do you hear any sloppy playing or mistakes when you listen to any of your favorite bands? Exactly.
How Much Editing Is Needed?
The better tracks you play, the less you have to edit. That’s the good part when you’re playing into quantised midi drums that are already locked to the grid – you don’t have to edit the drums.
What you want to concentrate on, is to edit the guitars and the bass to match the drums as well as getting rid of any unwanted fret and string noises. The big question is: How much and how closely you want to edit?
Try to find a balance between musicality and timing. By all means the point is not to suck all life out of the instruments. You can certainly have groove and life in the tracks, but keep in mind that tightness comes from all the instruments hitting the notes at the same time.
This is the second of the four videos that teach you how to make hard-hitting mixes at home.
Hopefully you found this video helpful. If there’s anything you want me to cover in the future videos let me know. Send me an email or leave a comment below. Ask if there’s anything unclear or if I left something out. Cheers!