Have you ever heard the term “glue” in a conversation about recording and mixing? No, I’m not talking about the kind you used to put on your hands in elementary so you could peel it off when it dried. (Am I the only one who did that?)
Stay focused on bringing gear into your workflow that gives a sense of satisfaction to use. It’s not just about tone. It’s about the connection you have with your equipment!
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Delays can either thicken your drums or bring out entirely new note features depending on how they’re used, while reverbs and distortions can add vivid new colors to percussion parts by making them less pristine and obvious. These are effects we are used to using in order to layer over guitar parts, but they can do incredible things to brighten up stale percussion parts as well!
The first is free-hand, which is to say that you record piano and vocals at the same time and even if they’re off tempo the two are synced together. It will sound more free and raw, but you’ll have a hard time syncing rhythmic elements and timed processing such as delay and reverb in a consistent manner. The second way is to record on grid, whereby you’ll record to a click-track to steady your tempo. In this case, it’s best to record one track at a time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sing to yourself while you record your keyboard takes.
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