Get your hands on those knobs. You’re going to operate a mixer as part of a recording session. This will be a basic run-through. Detailed session procedures are described in Chapter 15. Most of these procedures also apply to operating a virtual mixer in a digital audio workstation (DAW).

First recall the stages in making a recording:

1.  Session preparation

2.  Recording

3.  Punching in

4.  Overdubbing

5.  Mixdown

This chapter considers each stage in turn.


If you’re recording on a hard drive, make sure you have enough drive space for the project. Chapter 14 has simple equations and a table that show how much space you need.

Plan your track assignments. Write a track sheet that tells what instrument ...

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