Approaching Digital Recording

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Acoop, Dec 19, 2020.

  1. Acoop

    Acoop

    Feb 21, 2012
    This a spark from someone else's post and my recent dealing with the same topic.

    Digital recording should be approached as one complete thought. ... Just like 'recording live' to tape was, back in the day. ... It used to be called 'the magic in the room', when everyone nailed their part together. ... Man, I've been there and it's rare.
    Recording digital today is different. ... Cause, usually you're alone.
    I like to look through the chart, then have a few passes without recording. ... Then pause to discuss what's good and bad with the producer/artist then start recording. ... The first four passes could be little bits that work and a whole lot of throw away. ... But every time you roll through it you get to tie up the loose ends and put that sentence or complete thought together. ...
    I like to put together #1, the beginning, #3 the middle and, #5 the end. ... Once I've got that mapped out #2 and #4 is next. ... #2 is less and #4 is more. ... That way you can approach it as a performance. ... After I've got it mapped, I'll get maybe 4 or 5 passes before it's behind me, before I've left the station and I'm out reaching for the stars. ... If takes #2 and #3 are good a good digital engineer will put together a killer track. ...
    I just finished an instrumental track, at a friends studio. ... It was a real tough track to nail. (Vocal tracks have one melody to support and instrumental tracks have maybe three to support.) ... Anyway, I did at least 6 decent passes before I went over. ... A few weeks later, I'm back in for another track, and he says, "You want to hear something?" ... He plays the track and I don't recognize myself in the recording. ... He told me he spent about 24 hours going over everything I'd laid down and put together this killer track. ... It was me but a composite me. ... The thing is 'he liked it'. ... I honestly don't think I could repeat what he put it together again, though I played it all.
    There's a great tale of Steely Dan finishing the mix of Asia and them running into (?) who was taking a break from another recording date he was doing in the same studio/building and they asked if he'd like to hear something. ... He says sure. They listen to the track as he says, "That's great, who's the drummer?" ... They said, "Steve Gadd, that's you."
    The magical place is to be is in the room when the magic happens.