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After the Session: Mixing and Editing

At this point, you brought your multitrack tapes back to the studio, ready to mix. First, listen to each track by itself and erase anything you don’t want to keep. For example, erase some talking on the vocal track during the song intro. Or erase a thump on a guitar track that happened when someone bumped into the mic stand.

Overdubs

If the band members are available, they might want to overdub parts of tracks to correct mistakes. Be careful to match the sound of the instrument to the sound of the track.

For example, I did a 16-track live recording on two MDMs. All the vocal mics were mixed to one track. The producer wanted to rerecord all the vocals in the studio to get a better mix and a better performance. ...

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